Your roots are showing

The University of West Alabama will conclude its “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music” tour with Southern humorist Nan Graham as she presents “Your Roots Are Showing: Personal Stories about Folksingers from Sumter County,” on Tuesday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the Callaway Schoolhouse. “New Harmonies” is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and AHF.

One of six Alabama host sites, Sumter County is home to ethnomusicologist Ruby Pickens Tartt and musicians including Vera Hall, Doc Reed and Rich Amerson.

Graham teaches Southern literature at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and she does commentaries on public radio on growing up and growing old in the South. She has written two books, Turn South at the Next Magnolia and In a Magnolia Minute.

Graham grew up in South Carolina and Alabama, a cousin of the state’s revered Tutwiler family. Although she lives in Wilmington, N.C., her roots run deep in Sumter County. She spent her childhood summers in Livingston, and she still returns each year to UWA to research her family and collect ideas for her books. The June 23 lecture comes during this year’s visit.

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Black Belt, the lecture is free and open to the public. For more information about the lecture or the exhibition, please call (205) 652-3829.

Written by: Susan P. with added information from the University of West Alabama