Diversity in Appalachia Lecture Series - Dr. Beth Davison - Dulatown

Event Date: 
Mon, 04/22/2019 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Folklife Center

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center concludes the Diversity in Appalachia Lecture Series: Search for Identity with a discussion with filmmaker Beth Davison and a screening of her film, Dulatown, a documentary about family, race, and identity, on Monday, April 22 at 7:00p.m. and again on Tuesday, April 23 at 12:30 p.m. These events are supported by the West Virginia Humanities Council and are free and open to the public. Dula family reunions in western North Carolina include members of the black and white sides of the family. But for decades these two sides did not communicate or even acknowledge their relation. Filmmaker Beth Davison explored this story in Dulatown, a film about a community in Lenoir, North Carolina, established from land a slave owner, Alfred Dula, bequeathed to his slave, Harriet, and their eight children. Dulatown remains home to the extended Dula family and embraces its history at a bi-annual reunion where in recent years both African-American and White Dula relatives come together around their shared genealogy to acknowledge they have more in common than just a surname. Using contemporary interviews with members of the Dula family alongside historical images, this film weaves an insightful tale of history, family, race and identity.

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