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From Cameron Plantation to Cameron Place: The Making of a Black Homeland in Alabama

cameron image, Alice AMEZ

A talk by Duke Emeritus Professor Syd Nathans. In his book A Mind to Stay: White Plantation, Black Homeland, Dr. Nathans tells a rare story — that of people sent in 1844 by planter Paul Cameron to labor on an Alabama cotton plantation, who became owners of the very land they worked in bondage, and whose descendants have held on to it since. Using thousands of Cameron letters at the UNC Library’s Southern Historical Collection, and years of interviews with black descendants, Nathans traces the destiny of families rooted on the former plantation who viewed the planter as the man who homesteaded their forebears — selling to “all black and no white” — and who call their land “Cameron Place.” Through their story, he illuminates the meaning of land and landowning.

February 22, 2017
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Free and open to the public

Charles Scott and the Integration of Varsity Sports at Carolina

Charles Scott photo

When Charles Scott took the floor for the men’s basketball team on Dec. 2, 1967, he became the first African American to play on the varsity basketball team at Carolina. It was the beginning of a legendary career for Scott and marked a turning point in University history.

A new exhibit on the fourth floor of Wilson Library places Scott’s career in context by looking at the integration of the student body at Carolina and of Chapel Hill in the 1960s.

Through April 30, 2017
Wilson Library 4th-floor reading room
Free and open to the public

World on Fire in Flames of Blood: Narratives of the Russian Revolution

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One hundred years after 1917, the Russian Revolution continues to puzzle, inspire, and horrify. Drawing chiefly from the Savine Collection, this exhibition examines the complexity of events through the prism of various narratives, from official propaganda and eyewitness accounts, to historical analyses and literary representations.

Through May 14, 2017
Melba Remig Saltarelli Exhibit Room
Free and open to the public

Sounds Stilled: Musical Photographs by Don Sturkey, 1956-1988


The current exhibition in the North Carolina Collection Gallery explores musical performance through the medium of photography. Sounds Stilled: Musical Photographs by Don Sturkey, 1956-1988 features sixty-one photographs of musical greats and local artists taken during appearances in North Carolina. Iconic acts include Elvis Presley, The Monkees, The Kingston Trio, Ray Charles, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, and more.

Through February 5, 2017
Extended through February 19, 2017
North Carolina Collection Gallery
Free and open to the public

Maria R. Estorino to Lead Wilson Special Collections Library

Maria Estorino

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Maria R. Estorino as director of the Louis Round Wilson Library and associate University librarian for special collections, effective January 1, 2017. Read more about this appointment on the Library’s news blog.

Alumna Florence Fearrington Gives $5 Million to Wilson Special Collections Library


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill alumna Florence Fearrington has given $5 million to the University Library in support of the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library. The gift is the largest ever made to Carolina’s libraries. In recognition, the grand reading room in Wilson Library will be renamed the Fearrington Reading Room. Fearrington, a 1958 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, was honored as a Distinguished Alumna at this year’s University Day convocation, on Oct. 11, for her pioneering career in finance and her achievements as a collector of rare books. The full story is on the Library’s news blog.

UNC T-shirt archive

UNC t-shirts

The University Archives has launched an online UNC T-Shirt Archive that archivists hope will capture a fun and meaningful facet of campus life. The T-shirt archive seeks only photographs of T-shirts, not the actual items. There are two ways to contribute:

  1. Visit unctshirtarchive.tumblr.com to learn about the project and upload a photograph of your t-shirt;
  2. Share on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #MyUNCTShirt. If it’s a t-shirt not yet in the collection, an archivist will reach out to you.

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