Season 2 Episode 12: African American History/Virginia Artists

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African American History

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The Harrison Museum of African American Culture in Center in the Square

Roanoke is rich in African American history. Still it is a mostly hidden history. The Harrison Museum Of African American Culture is working to change that. Long time volunteer Anita James Price shares some of that history with us in this episode of Sisterhood of the Second.

Famed civil rights lawyer Oliver Hill spent many of his formative years in Roanoke. And for a time film director Oscar Micheaux distributed silent films all over the world from his office in Gainsboro, one of the first neighborhoods of Roanoke.

Virginia Artists

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Original work from Leah Coffman

Three painters and one potter have loaned their art to the Sisterhood of the Second Act set for the entire second season. Carlos Dowling’s pottery is on the bookcases. His sculptures grace buildings all over the world. In the coming weeks you will be able to see his story in the “Hyper Local” section of this website.

In this episode we meet two of the painters. Leah Coffman and Susan McLaren. The two started painting as a part of their second act, but for different reasons.

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