Photo exhibit to display at NAPAC museum

Published 12:01 am Saturday, November 10, 2007

Natchez — The NAPAC Museum has as its mission, the preservation and presentation of historical artifacts, and the sponsorship of events that reflect the rich cultural heritage of the area’s Afro-American Community. As our motto states, “We exist to tell our story” of the accomplishments and contributions made by people of color toward the enhancement and development of our region, state and nation. Did you know that among the first African-Americans to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor in the history of our nation was Wilson Brown of Natchez in 1864? Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield, also known as the “Black Swan,” had a stellar career as America’s first African-American concert singer, was born into slavery in 1824. This Natchez area native was called upon to sing before Queen Victoria in London in 1853.

Throughout history our local Afro-American community has made significant contributions to our nation’s culture, and continues to do so this very day. From the recognition of works of our “Native Son” Richard Wright, to today’s up and coming artist. The Natchez Association for the Preservation of Afro-American History and Culture is so very pleased to announce the opening of its newest exhibit, the photographic works of Christopher Collins. This local artist displayed some of his vivid images at our recent fund raising event, much to the pleasure of all who were in attendance. You are cordially invited to join us at the exhibit opening today 10 at 3 p.m. to see the beauty of the world thru the lens of this outstanding young artist.

Also, during the month of November, in conjunction with the Natchez Literary & Cinema Celebration, Copiah-Lincoln Community College, the Natchez Richard Wright Centennial Celebration Committee, and the Mississippi Humanities Council, the NAPAC Museum will host a “Reading on the River.” This will be the 11th session of the year-long discussions focusing on the work of Richard Wright. This session will be in the theater of the River Barge Explorer when it docks at Natchez Under-the-Hill on Nov. 24. Due to federal maritime regulations, you must pre-register in order to attend this session by calling 601-445-0728. As always, you can obtain your copy of White Man Listen, the 11th book in the series, from the George Armstrong Library. Although the words of this spiritual were originally written to depict travel on the Gospel Train, its chorus could be applied to our session on the river, “Get on board little children, there’s room for many a more.”

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