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BRAHM Book Club: Junaluska, Oral Histories of a Black Appalachian Community

June 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Free

Online via Zoom. Junaluska is one of the oldest African American communities in western North Carolina and one of the few surviving today. After Emancipation, many former slaves in Watauga County became sharecroppers, were allowed to clear land and to keep a portion, or bought property outright, all in the segregated neighborhood on the hill overlooking the town of Boone, North Carolina. Land and home ownership have been crucial to the survival of this community, whose residents are closely interconnected as extended families and neighbors. Missionized by white Krimmer Mennonites in the early twentieth century, their church is one of a handful of African American Mennonite Brethren churches in the United States, and it provides one of the few avenues for leadership in the local black community. Susan Keefe has worked closely with members of the community in editing this book, which is based on three decades of participatory research. These life history narratives adapted from interviews with residents (born between 1885 and 1993) offer a people’s history of the black experience in the southern mountains.

Details

Date:
June 24
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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Venue

Blowing Rock Art & History Museum
159 Ginny Stevens Lane
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Phone:
828-295-9099
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