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Not for publication March 24, 1999 – No. 210


Anson inmates to share experiences with at-risk youth as part of UNC-CH oral history outreach program

Monday, March 29, 2 p.m. (earlier arrival required to clear security)
Brown Creek Correctional Institution, Polkton, N.C.
(located off Prison Camp and Camden Church roads off U.S. 74 near Wadesboro)

News media representatives are invited to attend "Leaves of Magnolia: The Brown Creek Life Review Performance Project" Monday (March 29) in Polkton. The program aims to give inmates at the Brown Creek Correctional Institution the opportunity to share their life experiences with at-risk youths from the Anson County area.

The performance is part of the "Listening for a Change: North Carolina Communities in Transition Project" at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Southern Oral History Program, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Folklorist Alicia Rouverol, a UNC-CH program research associate, has been working over the past year at the Anson County facility. Monday’s event is scheduled to last about two hours and will include discussion afterward.

The performance has two goals: to encourage the inmates to review and share their life stories as well as influence future choices by area youths so they will avoid incarceration. Monday’s event will mark the second performance by the inmates. Future plans include enlisting help from students at nearby Anson Community College, a program co-sponsor, to help take the related performances on tour.

Media representatives who wish to attend the event need to comply with restrictions set by prison officials, who ask that reporters and/or photographers:

call Jeff Wilkerson, education program supervisor, at 704-694-2622. He must have names in advance as soon as possible – today (March 24) if possible -- to make proper arrangements for you to attend.

arrive at least a half-hour prior to the performance to ensure proper security clearance and bring a photo identification card.

Since the facility houses male inmates, officials also ask that any female media representatives wear loose non-confining clothing.

For more information, call Mike McFarland, 919-962-8593, or Rouverol, at 919-317-4244.

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