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Media Advisory

Not for publication

August 19, 2004 -- No. 384

Candlelight march, song, inspiration
to mark Stone Centerís milestone

Friday (Aug. 20), 8 p.m., South Road: Candlelight march

Old Chapel Hill Cemetery, South Road)

Saturday (Aug. 21) Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History

150 South Road (west of Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower, behind trees)

9:45 a.m. Unveiling, donor plaque; donors, UNC officials; meet at west entrance

10:30 a.m. Building dedication ceremony, outdoors, east entrance

Rain site: Harold J. Cobb Sr. Theatre, inside the center

Sunday (Aug. 22), Stone Center

4:30 p.m. Media briefing, African-American artists and collector

5:30 p.m. Private reception, art opening: Closed to public, open to media

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will celebrate a historic milestone, opening a new, $10 million building for the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History. The centerís new home will be one of few such facilities nationwide to house educational and cultural programs, research, community service and learning under one roof.

Directions: On N.C. 54/South Road going west, pass the Bell Tower on the left. Turn left into the next driveway to the Bell Tower parking lot to reach the center. The procession on Friday will begin farther east on South Road, between Raleigh Street and Country Club Road.

Media parking: Bell Tower lot for all events; Friday evening at hooded meters along South Road across from the cemetery. Display media identification if questioned.

Friday (Aug. 20), Candlelight procession

Free, open to the public

7:30 p.m.: Gather in the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery

South Road across from Michael Hooker Field

8 p.m. Start procession to new center building for brief ceremony

Led by students, accompanied by drumming and with singing by the black student a cappella group Harmonyx; honors those buried in what was, long ago, the segregated black section of the cemetery, and other African Americans of yesteryear who contributed to the building of the campus. For more information: www.ibiblio.org/cemetery/segregated.

Saturday (Aug. 21): 9:45 a.m. unveiling; 10:30 a.m. public dedication ceremony

Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History

All media: Please plan to be in place by 10:15 a.m. so as not to disturb the ceremony. See Antoinette Parker, center public relations director, and L.J. Toler of UNC News Services at the water station, at the back of the large tent, for media kits and seating.

The outdoor ceremony will last about an hour. Speakers will include Chancellor James Moeser, Board of Trustees Chairman Richard "Stick" Williams and UNC President Molly Broad. Center director Dr. Joseph Jordan will offer words of remembrance, reconciliation and recommitment.

Guests will include N.C. Reps. Joe Hackney and Verla Insko; former UNC Chancellors Christopher Fordham and Paul Hardin; former state legislator and Chapel Hill Mayor Howard Lee; center advocate and educator Lillian Lee and Margo Crawford of Chicago, the centerís first director.

Immediately after the ceremony, media may accompany Stoneís family members, Chancellor Moeser and center director Dr. Joseph Jordan on a tour of the building.

Photographers: To shoot the 9:45 a.m. unveiling of an artistic glass plaque, engraved with names of donors to the privately-funded building, meet L.J. Toler of UNC News Services at 9:30 a.m. at the centerís main, west entrance. Major donors will view the unveiling. Time for interviews will be unlikely at this point but will be available after the ceremony.

The 10:30 a.m. ceremony will be under a large tent, with corner lighting on the stage. Photographers may roam beside the audience. Escort will be available if needed for brief periods of shooting from behind the stage and straight-on toward the podium.

For photos of family members of the late Sonja Haynes Stone entering the center for the first time, with UNC officials, proceed to the east opening before the ceremony ends. Shots from behind the party can include the name of the center above the door; shots also may be made from inside the center in front of the party.

Sound: A multbox will be available. The ceremony will begin with "Amazing Grace" chimed from the Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower and "Life Evíry Voice and Sing" by the student choir Harmonyx.

Sunday (Aug. 22) 4:30 p.m. media briefing; 5:30 p.m., private art opening:

Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History

A rare opportunity for media to interview and photograph some of the nationís most prominent African-American artists, and the collector who champions their work, will be at the private opening of "Celebration and Vision: The Hewitt Collection of African-American Art."

Vivian Hewitt, who, with her late husband, collected these works, and at least two of the artists with work in the show will join the briefing: Margaret Burroughs and James Denmark. The three will offer personal explanations about the art works and photos of themselves with the paintings, lithographs and collages.

The exhibition will open to the public Monday (Aug. 23). Admission is free. Hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

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Contacts: Antoinette Parker, Stone Center public relations officer, 919-962-7265, aparker2@email.unc.edu; L.J. Toler, UNC News Services, office 919-962-8589; cell 919-219-6374.