FAYETTEVILLE — On Saturday, Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. the Museum of the Cape Fear will host a presentation by Brenda Scott, photographer of the exhibit Stagville: Black and White. She will share her experiences of photographing and interviewing the descendants of Stagville State Historic Site in Durham.
Scott’s photographs capture the resilience of the buildings and the people that lived and worked in them.
Her interest in Stagville began as a study of the remaining buildings and original architecture of the 165-acre state historic site. A chance meeting with Stagville descendant Angela Russell (née Hart) shifted Scott’s attention and inspired her to learn more about the site’s people. She began interviewing the descendants and collecting images of their ancestors to gather information about their lives.
Scott says of the experience, “The more work I did at Stagville, the more I became aware of the stories that may never be told, particularly about the enslaved population who lived there.” The photographer notes that working with the descendants of Stagville is one of the most exciting parts of her ongoing project. She meets them at Stagville and visually records their reactions to their family connections with the site. Scott also captures video interviews of the descendants sharing portions of their family histories. Five of these can be seen in the exhibit.
Her connection with Stagville spans over 30 years. She adds, “This body of work reflects both my interest in the documented facts about Stagville, as well as my desire to make people aware of the untold stories — the everyday events that seem to echo in the spaces of Stagville — of places where they lived, loved, and died.”
“Those who have seen the exhibit will have their experience enhanced upon hearing first-hand from Brenda Scott and the work that went into creating the exhibit,” says Leisa Greathouse, curator of education at the museum. “For those who haven’t, Scott’s presentation is a great time to come view the exhibit before it closes on Dec. 6,” continues Greathouse.
Scott, DPhil (Oxon.), has been playing with cameras for more than 30 years and has been producing digital photography for over a decade. She holds degrees from the University of Oxford (Somerville College), UNC-Chapel Hill, Auburn University, and the Academy of Art University.
Come see these stories in the exhibit Stagville: Black & White, which has additional support from Bull City Art and Frame Company, Drs. George and Sue Neece, and Radiocentrix.
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