Hackney Library Welcomes Laurel Sneed to Discuss the History of Black Business in Eastern N.C.

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WILSON, N.C. — Hackney Library at Barton College is pleased to host an evening with Laurel Sneed, as she presents “The History of Black Business in Eastern North Carolina” on Thursday, Jan. 28, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. The event will include a reception and will be open to the public at no charge. The community is invited to attend.

An educator, researcher, and media producer/film-maker, Sneed will provide a special focus on Wilson as she discusses the history of black-owned businesses in eastern North Carolina. She will include her own original research as well as video clips of an interview with historian Dr. Juliet E.K. Walker, author of “The History of Black Business in America.” In addition, early twentieth century photographs of the thriving business district on East Nash Street will be on display, courtesy of the Freeman Round House Museum of African American History. There will be ample time for questions, comments, discussion, and sharing of memories.

This event is co-sponsored by the Barton College Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Barton College Minority Student Association, the Oliver Nestus Freeman Round House Museum, the Wilson Chamber of Commerce, and Hackney Library at Barton College.

For additional information, please contact George Loveland, director of Hackney Library, at 252-399-6501 or gwloveland@barton.edu.



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