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Thursday May 26th

Sonja Haynes Stone Center


Photographer Cornell Watson, the creator of "Tarred Healing," poses for a portrait in his Durham office on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. "Tarred Healing" is a photo story reflecting on Black history in Chapel Hill and at UNC.

'Tarred Healing' photo story on Black history at UNC pulled from display

In June, photographer Cornell Watson was offered an artist residency at the Stone Center to create a body of work that captured spaces of memory for Black history. He created a project called "Tarred Healing." The photo story was planned to be put on display in the Stone Center, which recently canceled the exhibition, citing "disagreements over content and scope" and that the project has been published in The Washington Post. But to Watson, the decision was censorship. "All they had to do was just put the photos up," he said.

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Genna Rae McNeil, Professor Emerita of History at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and a scholar of African-American and U.S. Constitutional history, delivered the 2021 Sonja Haynes Stone Lecture.

Professor Emeritus Genna Rae McNeil gives 29th annual Stone Center lecture

During the lecture, the professor emeritus of history at UNC and a scholar of African American and U.S. constitutional history spoke about the lessons she has learned in studying history and critical race theory.  "What kind of history will you make with your life?" McNeil asked the audience. "And what kind of society do you want to live? What kind of society do you want to leave for coming generations?"

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