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The Homage showcases African American history

By Anai'a Jackson, student writer

Wingate students will have a chance today to experience hundreds of African American documents and artifacts as the University hosts The Homage exhibit in the Laverne Banquet Hall. 

This extensive collection, owned by Charlotteans Nia and Morris McAdoo, includes art pieces and documents that highlight important periods of U.S. history including Slavery, Reconstruction, Post-Reconstruction and Civil Rights. Items from 1977 to current times will also be featured.

Slave collar

One of the most jarring slavery artifacts on display will be a collar used to discipline slaves who were considered potential runaways. 

“It is important to acknowledge what role slavery plays, as well as the impact it has on African Americans,” said Antonio Jefferson, assistant vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion. “All students should be educated about African American history.”

Dr. Jefferson, who scheduled The Homage as part of the University’s Lyceum Program, said he hopes it will spark more conversations about race and history, both inside and outside of the classroom.

The exhibit, sponsored by Wingate’s Unity House Multicultural Center, features artwork from ​​Romare Bearden and Elizabeth Catlett as well as original documents from Frederick Douglass, Shirley Chisholm, Booker T. Washington, Ralph Bunche, and others. 

Nia McAdoo is CEO of Amped Events and the exhibit curator. Her husband, Morris McAdoo, is a partner at McAdoo & Lorick Law Firm and a former candidate for the North Carolina Legislature.

Their exhibit is on display today between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Students seeking Lyceum credit (Arts category) may attend during one of four separate showings, from 11 a.m. to noon; noon to 1 p.m., 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. LaVerne Banquet Hall is at 319 E. Wilson St. in Wingate.

Learn more about the Lyceum Program at Wingate. Learn more about The Homage.

Nov. 17, 2021