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Black Classicists Exhibit

ON EXHIBIT: December 12th, 2017 - February 27th, 2018  on the main floor of Ramsey Library.

RECEPTION: A reception will be held Thursday, February 8th in Blowers Gallery from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. and a lecture by guest speaker Dr. Michele Valerie Ronnick will be held from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Whitman Room.

This exhibition profiles African-American classical scholars who made innovative achievements in education at the end of the Civil War. The exhibition, created by scholar Michele Valerie Ronnick of Wayne State University in Detroit, focuses on the lives of African-American men and women who taught Greek and Latin at the college or university level and whose accomplishments in academia helped pave the way for future generations of African-Americans entering universities in the United States.

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Cherokee Language and Culture Exhibition

Understanding our Past, Shaping our Future

ON EXHIBIT: January 26th - March 2nd, 2018 on the main floor of Ramsey Library.

RECEPTION: A reception will take place on Tuesday, February 13th at 6:30 p.m. in Ramsey Library. At 7:00 p.m. Barbara Duncan, Education Director of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and adjunct faculty at UNC Asheville, will speak followed by a performance of Aniyvwiyahi Analsgisgi, a youth dance group from Cherokee.

The exhibit focuses on Cherokee language and culture, using sound recordings as the basis for presenting a coherent story in words and text. The exhibit was developed with the assumption that language shapes thinking. In creating the exhibit storyline, the project team foregrounded the Cherokee language, believed to reflect inherent community values.

Understanding our Past, Shaping our Future was conceived of and designed to include community input as a way to develop its content. Rather than present historical outcomes, the team favored a thematic approach. Major themes include Cherokee Homeland, Heritage Sites, Tourism, Family, and Community Celebrations.  The result is an exhibit that tells a more personal story and provides insight into Cherokee identity.

Isaiah Rice Photograph Collection

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Isaiah Rice Photograph Collection

Special Collections recently added the Isaiah Rice Photograph Collection to our archives. Containing over 1,000 images taken by Isaiah Rice, the collection documents Asheville’s African American community from the 1950s through the 1970s. The collection was officially unveiled on October 23 at the second annual African Americans in Western North Carolina Conference at UNC Asheville.

Asheville native Isaiah Rice (1917-80),  a World War II veteran, was active in  community and civic affairs. He was a recreation supervisor at the Burton Street Community Center in his neighborhood, and served on the Asheville-Buncombe Community Relations Council. He was employed as a warehouseman and beverage salesman for 40 years. He often carried one of his many cameras, seizing countless opportunities to capture his family, neighbors, and community members on film. He photographed people at church, his neighbors and friends as they gathered for social events, folks attending parades and football games, as well as many scenes of people working and going about their business in downtown Asheville.  His photos document a thriving African American community in urban Asheville during the mid 20th century.