Name of Engagement

"Celebrating Simms": JMU students and community members partner to preserve African-American history.

Contact Information

Sean McCarthy, WRTC

Contact Details

mccartsr@jmu.edu

Description

"Celebrating Simms" is the first permanent exhibition dedicated to African-American history in the Shenandoah Valley. The exhibit, honoring the iconic Harrisonburg educator Lucy F. Simms, launched in April 2016, culminating a yearlong project in which students worked in concert with community members to collect archival materials from libraries and families, then designed the exhibit, a companion website and printed booklet. The yearlong project was guided by English professor Mollie Godfrey and Sean McCarthy, professor of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication (WRTC).

Web Presence

http://www.jmu.edu/news/2016/05/20-lucy-simms-exhibit-mm-may-digital.shtml

Involvement

Involves Students, Involves Faculty, Involves Staff, Involves Participants External to JMU

Scope

Hburg/Local/VA

Date

The exhibit launched in April 2016.

Primary Focus of Program

Arts and Culture

Areas of Engagement

Community Engagement, Engaged Learning

Format

Gallery/Exhibit

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