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Remembering Jim Crow

There will be a book signing and reception Tuesday, Nov. 27 from 6-8 p.m. at the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham to celebrate the publication of Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South. The book and accompanying two-CD set of interviews was developed and edited at the 10-year Behind the Veil project at Duke's Center for Documentary Studies, which sought to "correct historical misrepresentations of African-American experiences during the period of legal segregation in the U.S." During the summers of 1993-95, research teams of history graduate students from universities across the country conducted oral history interviews with elders in African-American communities throughout the South. From Enfield, N.C. to LeFlore County, Miss., from New Iberia, La. to the Arkansas Delta, these researchers collected over 1,300 oral history interviews and copied thousands of family photographs. "This project represents the black experience of Jim Crow rather than people just talking about laws," says Iris Tillman Hill, director of programs and publications at the CDS. "It shows how African Americans in the South were able to build communities and raise families in conditions that were very difficult. These are incredibly moving narratives." Call 660-3663 or 683-1709 for details about the reception.

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