The Tobacco Trail
Friday - October 09, 2009
About This Show
Dr. Eldred “Wink” Prince is the author of the first comprehensive history of Bright Leaf tobacco culture of any state to appear in fifty years, Long Green: The Rise and Fall of Tobacco in South Carolina (University of Georgia Press, 2000). The book explores the advances and retreats of tobacco's influence in South Carolina from its beginnings in the colonial period to its heyday at the turn of the century, the impact of the Depression, the New Deal, World War II, and on to present-day controversies about health risks due to smoking.
Dr. Prince joins us to talk about a traveling exhibit of Tobacco Barns Photography for the South Carolina Tobacco Trail, an exhibit of 11 framed photographs (6 30 x 40 and 5 16 x 20) of tobacco barns taken by photographer Benton Henry with 3 interpretive panels (tobacco farming, tobacco barns and artistic merit of the photos). The interpretive panels were developed by Dr. Jim Boden of Coker College and Dr. Prince of Coastal Carolina University, balancing the artistic merits of the show with the historical context.
The purpose of the exhibit (which ultimately will have traveled to 6 cities) is to educate visitors and residents about a way of life that is quickly disappearing, encourage appreciation of the utilitarian beauty of the structures themselves, and perhaps add to the discussion about why they may be worth preserving now and in the future.
The exhibit is a cooperative endeavor between The South Carolina Tobacco Trail, the Black Creek Arts Council, The Humanities Council of South Carolina and SC Parks, Recreation and Tourism. It will be on display at The Gallery at the Black Creek Arts Center in November.