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June Program – “Isaiah Rice: Middle 20th Century African-American Photographer” by Gene Hyde, UNC Asheville

June 24, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
OBCGS Library
128 Bingham Rd #950
Asheville, NC 28806

The Isaiah Rice collection of photographs was officially unveiled in the UNC Asheville’s Special Collection in October 2015. Containing over 1,000 images taken by Isaiah Rice, the collection documents Asheville’s African American community from the 1950s through the 1970s.

Asheville native Isaiah Rice (1917-80), a World War II veteran, was active in community and civic affairs. He was a recreation supervisor at the Burton Street Community Center in his neighborhood, and served on the Asheville-Buncombe Community Relations Council. He was employed as a warehouseman and beverage salesman for 40 years. He often carried one of his many cameras, seizing countless opportunities to capture his family, neighbors, and community members on film. He photographed people at church, his neighbors and friends as they gathered for social events, folks attending parades and football games, as well as many scenes of people working and going about their business in downtown Asheville. His photos document a thriving African American community in urban Asheville during the mid 20th century.

The speaker for the program, Gene Hyde, is the head of the Special Collections Archives of the UNC Asheville Library.

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