We Were Here: The African-American Experience in Boyle County

Norton Center for the Arts

Wednesday, October 5th
9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Friday, December 9th
9:00am - 4:00pm EST

This multi-media exhibition aims to help preserve and to represent to the public the history of Danville and Boyle County's African American community. Through a combination of archival photographs, oral history listening stations, and physical artifacts, "We Were Here" foregrounds storytelling as an alternative means of preserving history. The exhibition highlights the individual and collective experience of African Americans living in Danville and Boyle County in the middle part of the 20th century when multiple urban renewal projects and school desegregation were changing the community forever.

Image: Drivers for the Elite Cab Company pose in front of the Doric Lodge and Singleton's Market, first floor. The two-story Elite Pool Hall (formerly Green Pastures Restaurant), and Elite Cab Company in more prosperous days, was owned by Leon and Orestes "Tiny" Richardson. The drivers, l-r, include George Lee Harlan, William "Buster" Letcher, Calvin Bedinger, and David Robinson.