The Chapel Hill Historical Society


Four Chapel Hill Writers

Whose Lives Light Up Our Past

Presentation by Dr. Patrick Horn and Dr. Valerie Yow
Sunday, April 23, 2017 3:00-5:00 PM
Meeting Room B
Chapel Hill Public Library
100 Library Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

George Moses Horton is often remembered as the "black bard" or "slave poet" of North Carolina, but the author who helped him get published, Caroline Lee Hentz, has become less famous than her celebrated student. Over a hundred years later, Paul Green, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright at the University of North Carolina, helped Betty Smith embark on her literary career. Dr. Patrick E. Horn serves as Associate Director for UNC's Center for the Study of the American South and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of English & Comparative Literature. Dr. Valerie Yow is a historian who draws from the biography she wrote, BETTY SMITH: LIFE OF THE AUTHOR OF A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN, and from her study of Paul Green's life and plays. The speakers will present the words of the four writers and their lives in Chapel Hill - especially the ways they helped other writers and people who were fighting injustice - they give us stories to live by.

Image: Clockwise from top left - George Moses Horton, Caroline Lee Hentz, Betty Smith. Paul Green

Free and open to the public. Call the Chapel Hill Historical Society for information: 919-929-1793.