Reception for ‘When All God’s Children Get Together’ exhibit set for March 18

Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will hold a special weekend opening as it hosts a Saturday, March 18, reception for the exhibit “When All God’s Children Get Together,” currently on display in the center’s gallery on the second floor of Hunter Library.

The free public event is from 1:30 until 4 p.m. The exhibit examines the role of church, spiritual music and hymns in the African-American population in Western North Carolina. Curator Ann Miller Woodford, an author and founder of the community development organization One Dozen Who Care, will attend the reception. The Andrews native has conducted extensive research, historical documentation and interviews on African-American history, life and traditions in the mountains.

The exhibit is based on Woodford’s book of the same name and was assisted by WCU public history students and Andrew Denson, associate professor of history. The project is supported by funding from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, the North Carolina Humanities Council and the Cherokee County Arts Council.

The Mountain Heritage Center gallery is regularly open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Thursday evenings until 7 p.m. For more information, call the museum at 828-227-7129.