Special exhibit : African Odyssey

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The Morton Library is hosting a visiting exhibit of photographs taken by Dr. Joanne M. Braxton during a visit to Ghana, the Ivory Coast and Senegal.  Dr. Braxton is a professor at the College of William & Mary, and Director of the Middle Passage Project.

“I took the photos to support my written notes when I would later sit down to write a play about the survival of African people in the New World,” said Dr. Braxton.

“And when I saw the pictures, I realized that they tell a story, a very personal story that explores the problem of memory in a way that I had neither anticipated nor expected. I want to share that story through the collection of photographs and hand-lettered captions that I now call African Odyssey.”

The exhibit is free and open to the public, and will be available in the Library Atrium, 15 February – 13 May 2016. There was a very interesting gallery talk by Dr. Braxton on 29 March 2016.

“This exhibit raises timely ethical and theological questions related to conversations about race and justice in today’s America.  Union welcomes the opportunity to engage in those important conversations,” says Christopher Richardson, Director of the Morton Library.

Come by to see and consider these moving and thought-provoking images.