Luther Adams will frame the photographs of Helen Morrison, currently on exhibit at the Newberry, by offering some background on Black life in Kentucky. Zion Hill was one of many Black towns established after the Civil War. Freedom meant envisioning a future for themselves and their children outside of slavery. Zion Hill was rooted in African American religion and the search for a Promised Land. Like Black people across the nation, in Zion Hill the descendants of slaves worked to build community, to establish churches, schools, stores, buy land, and vote. The talk will pose questions intended to spark conversation about Zion Hill and the images Morrison made in the 1930’s and 1940s.
For more information: https://www.newberry.org/04122017-luther-adams-zion-hill-envisioning-black-future
This event is part of programming related to the Newberry exhibition Photographing Freetowns: African-American Kentucky through the Lens of Helen Balfour Morrison, 1935-1946, which will be open through April 15. https://www.newberry.org/photographing-freetowns