East Chapel Hill High School is teaching its students, and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community, part of this untold history through the photography exhibit, “The Civil Rights Struggle, African-American GIs, and Germany,” which features photographs, posters and cartoons about the lives of African-American soldiers in Germany.
East Chapel Hill is the first high school in the country to host the traveling exhibit, which was supported by a grant from the Public School Foundation. In addition to general viewing of the exhibit, a special panel discussion will be held on April 28, led by UNC German professor Priscilla Layne-Kopf and doctoral candidate Denise Hill.
SEE THE EXHIBIT
Time: Now through April 30
Location: Library, East Chapel Hill High School, 500 Weaver Dairy Road
More info: bit.ly/1hPl7u2
Andrea Wuerth, a German teacher at East Chapel Hill, said she happened upon the exhibition’s website while trying to find material for her class and thought it was the perfect topic to discuss. She contacted the foundation about procuring the exhibition.
“Most of these students have learned about the Civil War and were familiar with some of the highlights of the civil rights movement,” Wuerth said. “But they don’t know the extent to which the military attracted African-Americans and that the story of building democracy is really a part of African-American history, as well.”