Location: Noyes Galleries at Kramer Hall, 30 Front St., Hammonton
Film Excerpt Preview with Post-Film Discussion: Driving While Black, a new, as yet to be completed documentary by noted filmmaker Ric Burns (www.dwbfilm.com/). Post film discussion with Professors Donnetrice Allison & Aaron Moss of Stockton University.
Driving While Black, a work-in-progress, will be a feature-length documentary film exploring the role of the automobile in the lives of African Americans in the early twentieth century. Based on over a decade of research by acclaimed African American historian Dr. Gretchen Sorin, the film draws on an extraordinarily rich archive of material from the period – including photographs, advertisements, billboards, road signs, maps, brochures, letters, and legal records – along with riveting oral histories and the on-camera insights of scholars, writers, musicians, artists, religious leaders and ordinary American travelers. The film will be structured by the emergence, flourishing and eventual obsolescence of a new genre of travel literature aimed at facilitating black automobile travel during the period; including The Negro Motorist Green Book – “the bible of black travel during Jim Crow” – published by a Harlem-based businessman named Victor H. Green, and his wife, Alma. To reserve a group tour contact: email@example.com
Downtown Hammonton comes alive on the Third Thursday of each month, with food, music, and fun throughout the town. The galleries at Kramer Hall are open late for the occasion, with refreshments to complement the evening.