Emory conversation to focus on lives of unknown African American women

by University Communications

Kimberly Wallace-Sanders, left, and Mary Schmidt Campbell.

Spelman College President Mary Schmidt Campbell will join Emory University’s Kimberly Wallace-Sanders and moderator Rose Scott of WABE Radio for a conversation Wednesday, May 8, titled “Framing Shadows/Framing Lives,” an evening inspired by the new exhibition “Framing Shadows: Portraits of African American Nannies,” now on display at Emory’s Woodruff Library.

The exhibit, curated by Wallace-Sanders, associate professor of American studies and African American studies at Emory, provides insights on the experiences of the largely anonymous 19th and early 20th century African Americans who served as child care providers for white families. Through these rare portraits, visitors are invited to ask questions and look deeply at what these images reveal about the individuals and their relationships.

The evening begins at 6:00 p.m. with a reception and viewing of the exhibition, located in Schatten Gallery on level 3 of Woodruff Library.