Smart Bets: Inspirational Cragmont Community Ancestors

The Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center was all set to reopen from its annual winter break in May with a new exhibit on its second floor, spotlighting remarkable people from the Swannanoa Valley’s history. Working with Black Mountain native Regina Lynch-Hudson, who’s now based in Atlanta, they created pop-up banners focusing on different personalities, with an emphasis on African American history. But when the COVID-19 pandemic kept the museum from operating as planned, Lynch-Hudson felt inspired to take the exhibit’s design and information and transform them into short films. The result is Inspirational Cragmont Community Ancestors: Strength Stems from Struggle, which elevates the lives of John Myra Stepp, Mary Louisa Stepp Burnette Hayden, George Winslow Whittington and Winfred William Lynch. Free to view. Photo of Mary Louisa Stepp Burnette Hayden, left, courtesy of the Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center/Mary Othella Burnette


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About Edwin Arnaudin
Edwin Arnaudin is a staff writer for Mountain Xpress. He also reviews films for and is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA). Follow me @EdwinArnaudin

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