August 8 - September 9, 2017
This exhibit depicts the story of Gross-Breesen, an agricultural training farm for Jewish youth that was established on the Germany/Poland border before the outbreak of WWII. The exhibition is a mix of original photographs taken at Gross Breesen, documentary footage, and interviews of deceased and living Gross Breesen alumni. With appreciation to Steve Strauss, curator and the late Ray Miller from Pensacola, NC who helped to fund this exhibit.
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.