Fri June 19, 2015

Stephen F. Austin State librarian conceives runaway slave portrait exhibit

The Portraits of Freedom exhibit, presented by Stephen F. Austin State University's Ralph W. Steen Library, will be on display through Sept. 25, at the Nacogdoches Railroad Depot, 101 Old Tyler Road. Exhibition hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
Credit Stephen F. Austin State University

Today is Juneteenth, commemorating 150 years since emancipation in Texas. An exhibit at the Nacogdoches Railroad Depot brings to life the faces of 45 runaway slaves. The artwork is based on runaway slave newspaper ads in Louisiana and Texas from the mid-1800s. It’s part of the Texas Runaway Slave Project.

Stephen F. Austin State University special collections librarian Kyle Ainsworth compiled a database of 1,400 newspaper ads. These became the inspiration for a new exhibit “Portraits of Freedom.”

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Wed June 17, 2015

Shreveport cellist competes among world's elite musicians in St. Petersburg, Russia

22-year-old John-Henry Crawford is one of three US cellists performing at the 2015 Tchaikovsky International Competition.
Credit John-Henry Crawford website

A Shreveport cellist is in St. Petersburg, Russia this week competing in the most prestigious classical music competition in the world.

Of the 25 cellists invited to perform in the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, only three are from the US. One of them is 22-year old Shreveport native John -Henry Crawford.

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Tue June 16, 2015

Shape of Shreveport documentary series gains bigger audience

The June 4 audience packed the historic Strand Theatre in downtown Shreveport for the premiere of the Shape of Shreveport documentary.
Credit Shape of Shreveport Facebook

The Shape of Shreveport documentary series that premiered June 4 at the Strand Theatre in Shreveport is getting more exposure at the Robinson Film Center.

Each 15-minute episode of the series focuses on a different aspect of Shreveport’s history. The first four installments documented the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1873 and the influential roles of Capt. Henry Miller Shreve and Martin Luther King, Jr. Executive director Will Broyles said at a news conference in April that the project is evolving.

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Mon June 15, 2015

Alexandria Museum of Art acquires state art collection

The Alexandria Museum of Art is expanding its collection of Louisiana art. Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne will announce the transfer of state-owned art at a news conference Tuesday, June 16.

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Thu May 21, 2015

Shreveport children's author resolves persistent query in 'Billy's Booger'

Shreveport author and illustrator William Joyce has been working on "Billy's Booger" for a decade. The original work he penned in fourth grade was badly damaged in a fire years ago.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

A new 40-page "memoir" by Shreveport children’s author and illustrator William Joyce puts to rest a pressing question he’s fielded for years: What was your first book?

“It’s something I wrote in the fourth grade titled ‘Billy’s Booger: The Memoir of a Little Green Nose Buddy.’ People laugh or they cringe,” Joyce said.

The founder of Moonbot Studios revisits his entry in the fourth grade book writing contest at Shreveport’s A.C. Steere Elementary. The children’s book, published by Simon & Schuster, is inset with a recreation of the book that was his very first effort.

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