My African-American Community: A Collection of Photographs and Stories: 2000-2010
William Allen Poe, The Last Tobacco Farmer, photograph, 2007
This exhibit is now on loan to the Banneker-Douglas Museum in Annapolis.
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Annmarie After Hours Opening Reception, Friday, April 20, 2012, 6-9pm
As Calvert County's rural landscape began to change and the farming community was rapidly waning, I wanted to capture as many stories as possible from the local African-American families in an attempt to help preserve their culture.
In 2000, I began documenting my African-American community with photographs, video, and oral histories. In the decade that followed, I had the honor of capturing the stories of some of Calvert County's longtime residents and felt obligated to share their accounts.
-William Allen Poe, Photographer
About the Artist:
William Poe is a published writer of poems and essays. He is also a published documentary photographer. His book, African-Americans of Calvert County was awarded the Calvert County Public Education Award in 2009.
The creator of Voices of Calvert County, Poe hosts a local cable program featuring video vignettes of local African-American residents. He was also a part-time oral historian for Calvert County, helping to record stories of the local farming community. He has been a Maryland home-improvement contractor for 24 years.