Family Pictures USA: North Carolina

Family Pictures USA: North Carolina

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 9:00pm

Photo: Host Thomas Allen Harris and Arthur Kirsh

Courtesy of PBS

Family Pictures USA, a new three-part PBS series explores American cities, towns and rural communities through the lens of the family photo album, unearthing rich personal stories that expand our understanding of our shared history, diversity and common values.

The premiere episode, North Carolina, airing on August 12th explores a historically rural state that is changing rapidly. Through family photos, we learn how tobacco money transformed Durham from a sleepy small town into a prosperous city with a thriving African American middle class and a financial district known as “Black Wall Street.” Outside of Burlington, the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation have repurchased ancestral lands to serve as a legacy for their children and a cultural and educational gathering place for the tribe. Families long separated by race and class are finding healing through recognizing their kinship as black and white descendants from the same ancestors. And a sign of the new North Carolina is found in a church headed by a Korean American pastor whose mission is to help integrate the region’s latest immigrants into the community.

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