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August 30, 2016
The Cotton Museum to Host An Evening with William Ferris – The South In Color on October 8, 2016
Memphis, TN – Join us at The Cotton Museum on October 8, 2016, for An Evening with William Ferris – The South In Color. William Ferris, an acclaimed folklorist and author, will be presenting his newest publication, The South In Color: A Visual Journal.
An Evening with William Ferris – The South In Color is a fundraising event for The Cotton Museum. The event will be held at the Cotton Museum (65 Union Avenue) from 6PM – 9PM, and includes a reception with light hors d’oeuvres and local craft beer. The event is free and open to the public.
Since the moment William Ferris’s parents gave their twelve-year-old son a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera for Christmas in 1954, Ferris passionately began to photograph his world. He has never stopped. The sixties and seventies were a particularly significant period for Ferris as he became a path-breaking documentarian of the American South. This beautiful, provocative collection of one hundred of Ferris’s photographs of the South, taken during this formative period, captures the power of his color photography.
Attending this event supports the mission of the Cotton Museum: to preserve the history of this worldwide market place and to tell the epic story of the famed cash crop and its profound influence on the city of Memphis and, in fact, America’s history and culture at large.
About William Ferris
William Ferris is Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. With Ferris’s two previous books, Give My Poor Heart Ease and The Storied South, The South in Color completes an informal trilogy of Ferris’s documentation of the South’s tumultuous twentieth century.
About The Cotton Museum
At the historic Cotton Museum in downtown Memphis we’re re-discovering the American South and telling the dynamic story of the plant that built the Bluff City. The Museum is located on the historic floor of the Memphis Cotton Exchange – where cotton traders once stood at the center of the global cotton economy. Since opening its doors in 2006, the Cotton Museum has attracted nearly 100,000 visitors from across the country and around the world, and established itself as the most important national museum devoted to preserving and interpreting the story of the plant that shaped our shared history.