Mr. Pruitt's Possum Town: Photographing Trouble and Resilience in the American South

Mr. Pruitt's Possum Town: Photographing Trouble and Resilience in the American South
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Delta Cultural Center
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Starting
Jul 26, 05:00PM
Ending
Jul 26, 07:00PM
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DCC Visitor Center 141 Cherry Street Helena-West Helena, AR 72342
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Ruthie Pride

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The Delta Cultural Center will host a new exhibition from July 26 to September 13, 2024, titled Mr. Pruitt's Possum Town: Photographing Trouble and Resilience in the American South in the central gallery at the DCC Visitor Center.

This photographic exhibit, consisting of photographic prints, archival film footage, and video, reveals life between 1915 to 1960 in Columbus, Mississippi. Built around the collection of photographer Otis Noel Pruitt, the exhibition explores race relations and issues of class, gender, and religion. 

The exhibition, with its content, will encourage conversations within our communities as we continue to strive for equality and deeper understandings of the role of culture and history in 21st Century America. 

An official Grand Opening ceremony for this exhibition is scheduled for Friday, July 26, 2024, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the DCC Visitor Center. Food and entertainment will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. 

Special Guest Speaker will be Berkley Hudson. Mr. Hudson, a native of Columbus, Mississippi, is currently Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of Missouri. His education includes a B.A. in History and Journalism from the University of Mississippi, a M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University, and a Ph. D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2021, a book authored by him presenting the photographs of O.N. Pruitt was published. 

The University of Missouri received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the planning and production of this traveling exhibition. 

For more information, please contact the DCC at [email protected] or call 870-338-4350. Please follow our social media for updates. 

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