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The Southern Folklife Collection presents an author talk with Kristina R. Gaddy

Gaddy will discuss her book, Well of Souls: Uncovering the Banjo’s Hidden History. The book follows the instrument from the 17th Century, when enslaved people of African descent created it out of gourds and calabashes to the beginning of Blackface Minstrelsy and the banjo’s appropriation by white Americans. In this deep and revealing history, Gaddy uncovers the banjo’s key role in Black spirituality, ritual, and rebellion, establishing it as an instrument born from African American beliefs and traditions. 

Register for the virtual event: go.unc.edu/Gaddy

This in-person event will be in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room in Wilson Library, and is free and open to the public; no RSVP required.


Thursday, November 16, 2023
7:00pm - 8:00pm
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