UNC Press has decided to collaborate with the School of Government via a new blog series to highlight the Missing History Mural. Many of the individuals depicted in the painting have been the subject of, or included in books published by UNC Press. In an effort to further educate the public, each Tuesday (starting today) they will feature a panel from the mural and post information about every aspect of the panel and suggest relevant UNC Press books that give further insight into the events and individuals. UNC Press has an impressive array of published material about African American contributions to North Carolina history. They include a great biography of Ella Baker, a book by David Cecelski on slave and free black watermen along the NC coast, a history of U.S. colored troops from NC, a history of Durham that explores the Parish Street heyday, a book of Pauli Murray’s correspondence, and a 2-volume collection of Harriet Jacobs’ papers—just to name a few. In addition to the numerous reference books on our list (many by the remarkable NC historian William Powell), they have identified at least 14 other books that would fit in panel by panel with the mural. In the future, they hope to incorporate guest posts from authors in the series.
UNC Press Blog Series can be accessed by clicking 'HERE'.
“Sometimes, stretched at ease in the shade of a roadside tree, we watch the motions of a laborer in a distant field, and after a time, begin to wonder languidly as to what the fellow may be at. We watch the movements of his body, the waving of his arms, we see him bend down, stand up, hesitate, begin again. It may add to the charm of an idle hour to be told the purpose of his exertions. If we know he is trying to lift a stone, to dig a ditch, to uproot a stump, we look with a more real interest at his efforts; we are disposed to condone the jar of his agitation upon the restfulness of the landscape; and even, if in a brotherly frame of mind, we may bring ourselves to forgive his failure. We understood his object, and, after all, the fellow has tried, and perhaps he had not the strength, and perhaps he had not the knowledge. We forgive, go on our way, and forget.
And so it is with the workman of art."
-Joseph Conrad, preface to "The Nigger of the Narcissus"