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Movies at the Museum: Dulatown

September 26, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Dulatown is a documentary short about a community in Lenoir, NC established from land a slave owner (Alfred Dula) bequeathed to his slave (Harriet) and their eight children. Dulatown remains home to the extended Dula clan and embraces its history at a bi-annual reunion where in recent years both African-American and White Dula relatives come together around their shared genealogy to acknowledge they have more in common than just a surname. Using contemporary interviews with members of the Dula family alongside historical images, this film weaves an insightful tale of history, family, race and identity.

View the trailer for the movie here

About the Speaker

Beth Davison has been a faculty member at Appalachian State University since 1997 and is a Professor in the Departments of Sociology and Cultural, Global & Gender Studies and the Co-Director of University Documentary Film Services. Her documentary projects include The Denim Dynasty, Eva & Moe (screened internationally) and now Dulatown. She works ongoing with many community partners including her work with the National Park Service to produce short documentaries screened at the Blue Ridge Parkway, National Park Service Visitor center in Blowing Rock, NC.

Image credit: Various branches of the Dula family come together at the Dulatown gravesite. COURTESY OF LESLIE DULA MCKESSON.

Movies at the Museum features films by North Carolina filmmakers, films about the arts, and about the history and culture of the Appalachian region. Complimentary popcorn will be provided, and the film will be followed by a discussion facilitated by a special guest speaker.

We also encourage patrons to turn their Thursday night into dinner and a movie in Blowing Rock! All you need to do is pick up your ticket anytime during museum hours on the day of the film, and present it at Bistro Roca for a 10% discount on your meal (offer only valid the day of the film). Make dinner reservations early in the day, tour BRAHM, stay for a film and discussion and then head over to Bistro Roca for a delicious local dinner!

Movies at the Museum is sponsored by Bistro Roca.

Free for members, $5 for nonmembers.


September 26, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Blowing Rock Art and History Museum
159 Ginny Stevens Lane
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
(828) 295-9099
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