Dark Corner folklore exhibit begins Oct. 5 at Landrum Library

Published 3:15 pm Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Dark Corner: Documenting the Oral Tradition was a 1983 project to preserve the rich folklore of the mountainous region, sponsored by Limestone College and The South Carolina Committee for the Humanities. Dr. Bernard Zaidman, Limestone professor of English at that time, was director for the project, funded in part by the South Carolina Committee, a state-based agent of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Research and interviews were conducted with 39 residents of Dark Corner during the summer. Audio tapes and transcripts of interviews, black-and-white photographs and color slides were gathered and displayed during some 30 lectures in state and national venues, before copies of the materials were deposited in eight libraries and archives.

Landrum Library will begin an exhibit of the vintage photographs by David Green of documentation participants and scenes at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 5. Dean Campbell, ombudsman for the project, will be in the gallery to provide background information on the undertaking and answer any questions concerning it.

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Long-time residents of upper Greenville and Spartanburg Counties will recognize most of the pictured individuals, many of whom have died in the intervening years. New residents of the area will be able to put faces to names they may have heard mentioned in discussions of the areas heritage.

The photographs will remain on exhibit at the library through October.