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      William Sturkey presents Hattiesburg: An American City in Black and White in Asheville


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      February 23, 2020

      Sunday   4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

      55 Haywood Street
      Asheville, North Carolina 28801

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      William Sturkey presents Hattiesburg: An American City in Black and White

      A rich, multigenerational saga of race and family in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, that tells the story of how Jim Crow was built, how it changed, and how the most powerful social movement in American history came together to tear it down.
      Sturkey reveals the stories behind those who struggled to uphold their southern "way of life" and those who fought to tear it down--from William Faulkner's great-grandfather, a Confederate veteran who was the inspiration for the enigmatic character John Sartoris, to black leader Vernon Dahmer, whose killers were the first white men ever convicted of murdering a civil rights activist in Mississippi. Through it all, Hattiesburg traces the story of the Smith family across multiple generations, from Turner and Mamie Smith, who fled a life of sharecropping to find opportunity in town, to Hammond and Charles Smith, in whose family pharmacy Medgar Evers and his colleagues planned their strategy to give blacks the vote.

      Cost: Free -

      Categories: Literary & Books

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