SMITHFIELD – An African American Photography and History Exhibit entitled “A Reflection of Negro History Through The Eyes Of A Lens” is now on display in Downtown Smithfield. Local attorney Craig James has his personal collection of 19th Century African American photography, along with other related items, on display at 329 E. Market Street, across from the Smithfield Town Hall.
The exhibit is open Monday through Saturday from 11:00am until 3:00pm and on Sunday’s from 1:00pm until 5:00pm. The exhibit will run through the end of July.
“The purpose of this exhibit is to show that we are all the same,” Mr. James said. “It gives visitors a chance to look into the faces of those who lived through different times in our country and to see how our culture is interwoven.”
“What I hope would happen is that visitors would look at these photos and other artifacts and see there is no difference between any of us. We are all human beings. You can see black women caring for white children. Black men caring for white children. Blacks and whites together. Basically, we can live together harmoniously and we are all the same.”
“There is also seating available to allow one to ponder or flip through some materials there. It’s an exhibit for all,” Mr. James said.
The exhibit will run through the end of July. Depending on the response, it could be extended.
For more information call 919-934-7001.