UNC and the surrounding communities are set to recognize the anniversary of the year the first ship carrying enslaved Africans was brought to the U.S. in 1619 by hosting two art exhibits.
The Chapel Hill Public Library started hosting the Hampton History Museum’s traveling exhibit entitled "1619: Arrival of the First Africans" on Oct. 18. Susan Brown, director of the library and executive director for community arts and culture, said she was approached by people in the town about the anniversary.
“A few months ago as the sort of national recognition of 1619 started happening, the Town started thinking about what we might do locally,” Brown said. “Actually, I credit police chief Chris Blue who came to me and said, 'You manage libraries and community history and arts and culture for the Town. What are we going to do for 1619?'”
UNC's Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History is sponsoring the exhibit.
"Cash Crop!," an art installation by Durham artist Stephen Hayes, opened in downtown Chapel Hill on Oct. 20. The piece is composed of 15 life-sized sculptures of enslaved Africans in shackles and chained to shipping pallets, and it is located at 109 East Franklin St.