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September 20, 1996

Texas African American Photo Archive To Be Discussed

Alan Govenar, folklorist and filmmaker, will present a slide lecture entitled "Portrait of Community: The Texas African American Photography Collection" on Friday, September 27 at 1 p.m. in Dining Room A, Sixth Floor, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave., SE. The event, sponsored by the American Folklife Center, is free and open to the public.

The Texas African American Photography Collection consists of approximately 25,000 negatives and prints, covering the growth and development of vernacular and community photography among African Americans in Texas from 1866 to the present.

Alan Govenar is the president of Documentary Arts, a non- profit organization devoted to broadening public knowledge and appreciation of the arts in different cultures in all media. He is the author of ten books.

The American Folklife Center was created by the American Folklife Preservation Act of 1976. The purpose of the center is to "preserve and present" American folklife through programs of research, field documentation, archival preservation, exhibition, publication, professional training, and live performance. Its collection of more than 1.5 million items is the largest in the United States and one of the largest in the world and covers all 50 states and all regions of the world.

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PR 96-129
ISSN 0731-3527

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