WILMINGTON, N.C. – Cape Fear Museum’s Reflections in Black and White exhibit won a Gold Award for Outstanding Exhibition in the “Exhibits under $10,000” category from the Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) during their annual conference in Charlotte, N.C. in October.
Reflections in Black and White features a selection of informal black and white photographs taken by black and white Wilmingtonians after World War II before the Civil Rights movement helped end legalized segregation. Visitors will have a chance to compare black and white experiences and reflect on what people’s lives were like in the region during the latter part of the Jim Crow era.
Photos from the following collections are included in the exhibit:
Museum Director Sheryl Mays says of the recognition, “It’s an honor to be recognized by our peers, in a region where there are so many excellent museums.” Reflections in Black and White was researched, curated, designed and fabricated in-house and is on display through February 19, 2017.
The SEMC Exhibition Competition judges exhibits based on the quality of their design and fabrication, exhibit publications, educational programs, and the ability of the exhibit to support the museum’s mission or goals.
The Southeastern Museums Conference is a networking organization that serves to foster professionalism, mutual support and communication. A nonprofit membership association, SEMC strives to increase educational and professional development opportunities and improve the interchange of ideas, information and cooperation. SEMC focuses on the Southeastern United States, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.