In 1939, UNC Press published Tobe, illustrated with scores of black-and-white photographs of children from an African American community outside Greensboro. Marking Tobe‘s 75th anniversary, this exhibition explored how this one book opens up to reveal stories within stories — of rural African American life, of the history of children’s literature, of the 1930s documentary impulse, and, significantly, of real individual families. The search for Tobe opens windows onto the past and raises questions about the power — and limits — of telling stories.
Where is Tobe? Unfolding Stories of Childhood, Race, and Rural Life in North Carolina
October 21, 2014 - March 1, 2015