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“Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton” Book Launch Sept. 3

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As a slave in Chatham County, George Moses Horton secretly taught himself to read. He went on to compose poems for UNC students and to become the first African American in the South to publish a book — a volume of his poetry entitled The Hope of Liberty.

Author Don Tate has captured Horton’s life in Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton. The children’s book will have its launch on September 3 in the Library. Read an interview with the author.

Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015
5:00 p.m. cookies and lemonade
5:30 p.m. program
Wilson Library Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Free and open to the public

From Brunswick Stew to Barbecue: The Cookbook as Cultural History

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The exhibition From Brunswick Stew to Barbecue: The Cookbook as Cultural History will be on view in the North Carolina Collection Gallery through October 4. By showcasing some 50 items from the Library’s collection of more than 900 cookbooks, the exhibition explores a range of cultural and culinary themes.

Through October 4, 2015
North Carolina Collection Gallery
Free and open to the public

Gone Home: Race and Roots through Appalachia

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The exhibit Gone Home: Race and Roots through Appalachia presents stories from the close-knit African American community of Harlan County, Kentucky. The exhibit includes excerpts from oral history interviews, photographs and memorabilia from community social events, publications by schools and churches, news reports, and even a brick of coal. More information on the Library’s news blog.

Through August 20, 2015
Melba Remig Saltarelli Exhibit Room
Free and open to the public

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