Award-Winning Student Exhibit Opens at New Venue
Flashback: Community Life Through the Lens of Mack Munn, an exhibit curated by UNCW Public History students in collaboration with the Lower Bladen Columbus Historical Society in 2010-2011, opened at the Pender County Library, in Burgaw, North Carolina on September 7, 2013.
The exhibit features photographs taken by Mack Munn, who lived and worked in the African American communities of Sandyfield, Riegelwood, and East Arcadia during the middle of the twentieth century. His candid photographs show people working, praying, travelling, and community building.
The opening reception, hosted by the Pender County Library, the Pender County NAACP, and the Friends of the Pender County Library, featured music by LeManuel Boykin and remarks by Library Director Mike Taylor, Lower Bladen Columbus County Director Earnestine Keaton, and UNCW Public History Director Tammy Gordon. Chance Hellmann, Education Coordinator at the Onslow County Museum and one of the curators of the exhibit when he was a masters student at UNCW, gave an address about Flashback as an opportunity for learning.
The Pender County Library is the third venue for the award-winning exhibit, which was given the National Council on Public History’s Student Project Award in 2012.