Human Relations News

Three exhibitions of interest to Hispanic and African-American residents are opening Friday at the Sawtooth Building 226 N. Marshall St., to call attention to the common heritage that many of Winston-Salem’s Hispanic residents share with African-Americans.

The exhibitions are being co-sponsored by the Human Relations Commission.

From Oct. 20 through Nov. 18, the Sawtooth Building will display "An African Presence in Mexico: The Photographs of Romualdo Garcia and Wendy Phillips." Also on display in the Sawtooth Building will be "Colors of Mexico," an exhibition organized by the Museum of Anthropology at Wake Forest University, and "Going to Carolina del Norte: Narrating Mexican Migrant Experiences," an exhibition organized by the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art.

Wanda Allen-Abraha, the director of human relations, said that the exhibit is part of the commission’s on-going efforts to improve relations between African-Americans and Hispanics in Winston-Salem. "The majority of the Hispanics in Winston-Salem are descendants of African slaves who settled in Mexico," she said. "They have a common heritage with our black residents."

An opening reception will be held Friday, Oct. 20, from 6 - 8 p.m. For more information about the exhibits, call the Arts Council at 722-2585. For more information about the Human Relations Commission, call 727-2429.

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