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The Cantey-Thomas Family in the New South Panel Discussion

Thursday, June 23, 2022
6:00 pm7:00 pm
The Columbus Museum

The Cantey-Thomas family, ancestors of nationally acclaimed artist and Columbus native Alma Thomas, sought to establish a Black upper class in Columbus in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This panel will situate the family within the broader context of African American life in the New South, as cultural vitality and economic progress clashed with Jim Crow segregation and racial violence. Scholars La-Kisha Emmanuel of New York University, Gregory Mixon of the University of North Carolina Charlotte, and Kathryn Tucker of Troy University will discuss connections between the current exhibition Sand Unshaken: The Origin Story of Alma Thomas and their research on African American clubwomen, racial unrest, interracial relationships, and more. Moderated by Rebecca Bush, Curator of History/Exhibitions Manager, The Columbus Museum.
*Registration recommended*