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Cheryl Thurber Photographs: Documenting Gravel Springs, Mississippi, in the 1970s

An exhibition of photographs in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room of the Wilson Special Collections Library provides a look at African-American life and culture in a small Mississippi town during the 1970s.

“Cheryl Thurber Photographs: Documenting Gravel Springs, Mississippi, in the 1970s” includes 30 black-and-white photographs of the town, its residents and its musical traditions.

Thurber is an interdisciplinary scholar, cultural historian, folklorist and photographer whose images have been published in the New York Times and Rolling Stone, as well as in numerous music and folklore publications. During the 1970s and 1980s she traveled through the South and California, taking photographs and documenting local life.

The Cheryl Thurber Photographic Collection is now part of the Southern Folklife Collection at the Wilson Special Collections Library.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. However, because the Pleasants Family Assembly Room is frequently used for meetings and programs, visitors may wish to contact Wilson Library at (919) 962-3765 or wilsonlibrary@unc.edu to confirm availability.

Cheryl Thurber Photographs: Documenting Gravel Springs, Mississippi, in the 1970s
Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Wilson Special Collections Library
On view through May 31, 2019
(919) 962-3765 or wilsonlibrary@unc.edu

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