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February Issue 2011

Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, NC, Features Exhibit on Happy Hill Neighborhood

Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, NC, is presenting, Pride and Dignity from the Hill: A Celebration of the Historic Happy Hill Community, an art exhibit inspired by the Happy Hill community, Winston-Salem's oldest African American Community. The exhibition is on view in the Diggs Gallery at WSSU through Feb. 26, 2011.

For generations, residents have preserved the oral history of the Happy Hill neighborhood and its families. Pride and Dignity from the Hill documents this important legacy through the art and testimony of community leaders such as Georgiana Paige McCoy, Maurice Pitts Johnson, Kathleen Bitting Mock, Pastor Edith Jones, Nathaniel Tucker, William "Rock" Bitting, Jerry Hanes, Glen Johnson, Ben Piggott, Leander Sales, Kayyum Allah, James Funches and others.

The exhibition, curated by Diggs Gallery director Belinda Tate, includes architectural models of area homes embellished by local participants, paintings, photographs, video documentation of the community and a multi-media installation of a juke joint. The show also features works by celebrated artists Chandra Cox, Juan Logan, Larry Sass, Leon Woods and Willie Little.

"Pride and Dignity from the Hill is a unique confluence of memory, community history, and visual art. The exhibition pays homage to struggle and progress of all African Americans through a vibrant interplay of stories and family photos from Happy Hill intermixed with important works by nationally celebrated artists," said Tate.

The Diggs Gallery, one of the South's leading showcases dedicated to African and African American art, is located on the lower level of the O'Kelly Library on the Campus of Winston-Salem State University. The gallery is a major cultural center at Winston-Salem State and offers one of the largest exhibition spaces dedicated to the arts of African and the African Diaspora in North Carolina. In 2007, the gallery was identified as one of the top 10 African-American galleries in the nation.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Gallery at 36/750-2458 or visit (www.wssu.edu/diggs).


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