Current exhibition

Enriching Voices: African American Contributions to North Carolina Literature poster

Enriching Voices: African American Contributions to North Carolina Literature

October 12, 2019 – February 2, 2020

For almost two centuries, African Americans have enriched the literature of North Carolina.  From Chatham County “slave poet” George Moses Horton with his The Hope of Liberty (1829) to countless poets, novelists, children’s literature authors, historians, and others writing today, they have deepened our understanding and appreciation of the human condition.

Black North Carolinians have faced unique and daunting obstacles in seeking the freedom, equality, and opportunity that are at the core of the promise of America.  Through their writing, they have shared stories of survival and persistence in the face of often unimaginable hardships and cruelties.  They have also demonstrated creative talent and imagination and celebrated individual achievement with an underlying faith in a better future for all Americans.

This exhibition highlights just a few of the talented African American essayists, historians, novelists, poets, and children’s authors whose work is held by Wilson Library.

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For information on previous exhibitions, see our past exhibitions page.