Those who want to learn about the life of the first UNC-system president can visit a new on-campus exhibit dedicated to the late Bill Friday.
The main feature of the multi-site exhibit, “Bill Friday: In His Own Words,” is in the Melba Remig Saltarelli Exhibit Room of Wilson Library. The exhibit will run through the end of December and is free and open to the public.
The exhibit is part of the Southern Historical Collection and includes audio clips from the Southern Oral History Program. The clips illustrate the essence of Friday’s work, said Helen Thomas, the Southern Historical Collection graduate student assistant who was one of the people responsible for organizing the project.
Thomas said she knew about Friday’s impact before coming to UNC.
“I grew up knowing Friday from public TV,” she said.
Freshman Andrew Neiswender is interested in learning more about Friday.
“I haven’t heard of Bill Friday … but hopefully this exhibit will increase students’ knowledge about such an important UNC figure,” he said.
Posters in six locations across campus and Chapel Hill, including Carroll Hall and the Student Union, complement the main exhibit.
The posters each have Quick Read (QR) codes that can be scanned with smart phones to enable visitors to listen to audio files from speeches and interviews Friday gave. A website that includes the audio files accompanies the exhibit for people who are unable to visit.