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“Return to the Land of My Ancestors” A Visual Storytelling Odyssey with Robert Crum
July 12, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Growing up in Illinois, Robert was often told by family that he is a direct descendant of the explorer and “Father of Kentucky” Daniel Boone and his wife Rebecca Bryan. After moving to North Carolina in 1989, he realized he was living and walking in the same places as his Boone and Bryan ancestors who settled in North Carolina in the 1700’s. Originally displayed in 2015 in Rowan County, North Carolina, Crum’s images evoke the rumblings of times and adventures that helped to form our region and state.
This free-to-the-public “family friendly” community gathering complements Robert’s current exhibitions at the TRAC gallery and The Abbey of St. Thomas. He draws participants into his venture of discovery, showing paintings and other artifacts by telling dramatic stories of his ancestors in the North Carolina backcountry and their effect and influence on families living in Appalachia in the 1700’s. With him, we are reminded that, “This is not just a historical or family project, because as we listen to our ancestors, this kind of work connects all of us to vital topics for communities today – religious and political tolerance, the legacy of slavery, war and peace, and love and family.”