OPENING RECEPTION February 17, 2013 2 - 5:00 PM Gallery Talk at 3:00 PM Hammonds House Museum is pleased to remount this exhibit from the archives of Auburn Avenue Research Library to not only recount an important segment of Georgia history but to also focus on the art of photography from the lens of African American photographers from 1840 to the present. This archival documentation project developed by Carole Merrit is a revealing recollection of black family strength and endurance and reveling reminder of where the family unit stands today in contrast. This exhibition marks a significant partnership launch between Hammonds House Museum and the Auburn Avenue Research Library. The shared resources and programs of this union will translate into new avenues to better serve and engage the community. This exhibition documents and pays homage to an incredible achievement – the survival of kinship ties and family pride among black people through the horrific experience of slavery. Up until 1978 when the project that collected these photographs was launched, there had been relatively little research on the African American family.