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"The Way We Were" - Exhibition Depicts Asheville's African-American Community, 1950s - 70s

On the Walls at WCQS: A selection of the Isaiah Rice Photograph Collection, titled "The Way We Were," will be on display at WCQS, starting October 7, 2016. The photos depict Asheville's African-American community from the 1950's to the 1970s. WCQS will host an an opening reception at 5 p.m. on Friday, October 7. The photos will be on display through November at WCQS, located at 73 Broadway. Visitors are welcome Monday through Friday, 9 to 5, except holidays. 

The exhibit is curated by the photographer's grandson Darin Waters, assistant professor of history, and Gene Hyde, head of Special Collections at UNC Asheville, and is on loan from UNC Asheville's Special Collections in Ramsey Library. The photos were donated to Special Collections by Rice's daughter, Marian R. Waters.

"We're honored to work with Dr. Waters and the university to exhibit Isaiah Rice's vibrant photographs of everyday life in the African-American community of Asheville before it experienced so much change," said  WCQS General Manager and CEO David Feingold.

The full collection contains more than 1,000 images taken by Isaiah Rice. The photographs document Asheville's African-American community from the 1950s through the 1970s, with many on display for the first time.

To see more of the digitized photo collection, visit http://toto.lib.unca.edu/collections/photographs.htm

Michelle Keenan was the Associate Director of Development at Blue Ridge Public Radio. She began volunteering for the station in 1996 and has been a full-time staff member since 1998.
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