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Desegregation exhibit represents community's pride

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The Countywide Community Development Corporation has officially kicked off "Celebrating the Dream" with an exhibit that explores our area's segregated past. (Source: WECT) The Countywide Community Development Corporation has officially kicked off "Celebrating the Dream" with an exhibit that explores our area's segregated past. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

The Countywide Community Development Corporation has officially kicked off "Celebrating the Dream" with an exhibit that explores our area's segregated past.

The doors of 16 area schools were shut after desegregation, but through Nationally renowned artist Willie Cole's exhibit School Pride: The Eastern NC Story, the memories live on. Cole used historical objects from students who attended these schools to create the exhibit.

The exhibit explores the painful events of the civil rights era, but also honors the activists who helped get to this point.

Lewis Hines is a member of the last class of Williston Senior High School. Hines graduated from the all black school in 1968 and said he is proud to see the exhibit pay homage to his alma mater.

"This had a very dynamic impact on me," Hines explained. "It's nostalgic to say the least. It reminded me of some the classes and some of the things that we did in 1968 that made it so memorable."

Officials say the multi-room exhibit represents pride in the battle well fought for educational equality.

School Pride: The Eastern NC Story is open at the Cameron Art Museum until November 2.

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