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Sharing Negrobilia

With Bill Maxwell and Bob Devin Jones

In celebration of black history, The Studio@620 invites the community to participate in an afternoon of sharing and conversation about "Negrobilia".   Bring your collection and enjoy some delicious southern fare (think black eyed peas, corn bread, and sweet potato pie!)  Your hosts are Studio@620 artistic director Bob Devin Jones and Mr. Bill Maxwell.  Bill Maxwell was an editorial writer and columnist for the St. Petersburg Times from 1994 to 2004 and 2006 to 2009, when he retired.

Sunday February 21, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Admission: Pay what you will at the door

Please RSVP to 727-895-6620 so we can put your name in the pot!

The Importance of Preserving Negrobilia

Black Americana collector, Leonard Davis said that both negative and positive images are truly a part of the rich history that makes up America. The negative images should not be destroyed or hidden from view but acknowledged as tangible evidence of a period in history when African Americans were not in control of their own imagery. Indeed, hundreds of coon cards, dolls, toys, banks, cookie jars, album covers and other products tell the story of black life in the United States, attesting to the resiliance of former slaves who have become an integral part of our nation and who now have one of their own in the White House. Each item in this exhibit played a role in bringing us where we are today. -- Bill Maxwell 

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