Name of Engagement
"Celebrating Simms": JMU students and community members partner to preserve African-American history.
Sean McCarthy, WRTC
"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).
Involves Students, Involves Faculty, Involves Staff, Involves Participants External to JMU
The exhibit launched in April 2016.
Primary Focus of Program
Arts and Culture
Areas of Engagement
Community Engagement, Engaged Learning