Appalachian Evenings at MHU

William Bowens, at left with mandolin, and William Cleveland Miller, circa 1915. Photo courtesy of Ann Miller Woodford

On Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 6 p.m. Ann Miller Woodford will discuss her exhibition, When All God’s Children Get Together: A Celebration of the Lives and Music of African-American People in Far Western North Carolina.

On loan from the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University, the exhibit will be displayed at the Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies at Mars Hill University until March 9, 2018.

Ann Miller Woodford

Curated by Ann Miller Woodford, an author and founder of the community development organization One Dozen Who Care, the exhibit looks at the role of church, spiritual music, and hymns in the African American population in western North Carolina.

The exhibit is based on Woodford’s book of the same name, which examines musical traditions of African Americans as practiced at home, work, churches, and schools. The Andrews native has conducted extensive research, historical documentation, and interviews on African American history, life, and traditions in the mountains.

Additional Lectures in the Appalachian Evenings Series

“The View from Home: Images of Appalachia and the Rural-Urban Divide,” a talk by Tim Marema, editor of the Center for Rural Strategies’ The Daily Yonder takes place on March 8.

“Between Slavery and the Want of Railroads: Reconstruction in Western North Carolina,” a talk with ETSU professor Steven E. Nash takes place on April 12, 2018.

If you are looking for a daytime activity, you might be interested in attending Around Here: Coffee and Conversation, which begins Monday, February 26 at 3:30 p.m. Complimentary coffee and cookies will be provided. The first conversation will be “A History of Spreading the Gospel through Music: From Slave Spirituals to Civil Rights,” with professor David Gilbert, author of The Product of Our Souls: Ragtime, Race, and the Birth of the Manhattan Music Marketplace (UNC Press, 2015). Later topics in the series include World War I and the opioid crisis.

These events are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, please call (828) 689-1115; email; and visit

For more information about Ann Woodford, visit and


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