The Hammonds House Museum will announce their partnership with the Auburn Avenue Research Library on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 during its public opening reception of the “Homecoming: African American Family History in Georgia” exhibition—which will run until April 28.

The “Homecoming” exhibition, which began on Feb 3, is comprised of engaging African-American photography that captures a general view of the Black family through the lens of Black photographers.

The exhibition will profile photographs from the 1800’s to the mid 1960’s that account for moments that will resonate with patrons. Such familiar moments as birth, childhood, courtship, marriage and death can all be seen in the exhibit.

“This is a great pictorial on the African American family unit in Georgia before slavery, after slavery,” said Hammonds House Administrative and Communications Manager Serena Garcia.

The fact that this is the first time this exhibition has been seen in more than 30 years—since it debuted at the Atlanta Public Library at its first “Homecoming” exhibition in 1982— “is reason the community should care about this event,” noted Garcia.

In 1978 the African American Family History Association inspired most of the “Homecoming” exhibits that followed, as it was the first to give the history of Black families in Georgia which inadvertently promotes the same passion for the arts like the late Dr. Otis Thrash Hammonds.

The Hammonds House, now converted into a museum, was the home of prominent Atlanta physician and arts lover Dr. Otis Thrash Hammonds. Located at 503 Peeples St. SW Atl., the home was converted into a museum in 1988 and has since been a hub for African American art and exhibitions.

“To engage the public in the research and appreciation of the family history of a people whose heritage has generally been unrecognized,” said the AAFHA as part of its goal when planning its exhibit in 1978.

Carole Merritt’s follows that tradition when developing the “Homecoming” project.

“For African Americans, home has many meanings…bloodlines extend from African to America, and kinships survived slavery, oppression, war and migration,” said Merritt, ethnographer and author of “Homecoming: African American Family History in Georgia.”

Patrons are encouraged to share their copies of vintage photograph with the Hammonds House Museum.

For more information on the exhibition and Sunday’s event, contact (404) 612-0481.

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