The Pryor Center Presents “”Once Forgotten” – A Short Historical Documentary”

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Obed Lamy

The Pryor Center Presents lecture series presented by the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History at the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences continues Thursday, February 3 with a screening of Obed Lamy’s documentary film once forgotten. Lamy will be joined by Margaret Holcombe, RoAnne Elliott and Dr Valandra for a post-screening discussion.

The lecture series is part of the Pryor Center’s broader education, research and outreach mission. This conference will take place at 6 p.m. via Zoom, and advance registration is required.

once forgotten tells the story of three enslaved men who were lynched in the summer of 1856: Aaron and Randall – by a lynching mob, and Anthony – by the state of Arkansas. The three men had been accused of killing James Boone, a white slaver.

Only one aspect of the story has been told by the white family over successive generations. An oral account of events preserved in the black community helps bring out the truth and honor the memory of men. The documentary seeks to shed light on this new version of history while exploring the legacy of racial violence in America.

Holcombe, local historian and niece of James Boone, will revisit the family version of events, the trial and the lynching scenes. Elliott, program director of the Washington County Community Remembrance Project, and Valandra, associate professor at the School of Social Work and African & African-American Studies, will discuss the memorial to the three men and its historical and political significance in the Northeast. western Arkansas. .

Lamy was born and raised in Petit-Goâve, Haiti. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and studied social communications at the State University of Haiti. Lamy is the recipient of the prestigious Fulbright scholarship, which enabled him to complete a master’s degree in journalism at the University of Arkansas.

During his five-year career as a journalist, he covered presidential elections, natural disasters and civil unrest for national and international media such as La and Radio-Canada Information in Canada, and Voice of America in the United States.

Lamy’s first documentary, A promising voice, explores the journey of a black student navigating a predominantly white college campus. The documentary received the Audience Award at Arkansas Cinema Society: Filmland 2020 and Best Student Film at the Made in Arkansas Film Festival. Lamy won Best Emerging Filmmaker at the 2021 Fayetteville Film Festival for once forgotten.

Lamy is also co-founder of Enfo Sitwayen, a multimedia platform focused on media literacy and civic education. He currently resides in Fayetteville.

Other upcoming Pryor Center Presents events are being held throughout the spring semester.

Upcoming presentations of the Pryor Center

Thursday, March 10 — 6 p.m.

The Pryor Center presents “Tell Me a Story – Many Paths to Book Publication” with Masie Cochran

Thursday, April 14 — 6 p.m.
The Pryor Center presents “The Language of the Will of the State: Research Findings in the Heart of the City: Highways and Black Geographies in Urban America” ​​with Airic Hughes

The Pryor Center presents “Arkansas News History: Exploring the KATV Collection” with Randy Dixon and Kyle Kellams

About the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History: The David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History is an oral history program whose mission is to document the history of Arkansas through the collection of spoken memories and visual records, to preserve the collection at life and to connect Arkansans and the world to fundraising through the Internet, television shows, educational programs and other means. The Pryor Center records audio and video interviews about Arkansas history and culture, collects recordings from other organizations, organizes those recordings into archives, and provides public access to archives, primarily through the pryorcenter website. The Pryor Center is the state’s only oral and visual history program with a seventy-five county statewide mission to collect, preserve and share audio and moving image recordings of the Arkansas history.

About Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences: The Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is the largest and most academically diverse unit on campus with three schools, 16 departments, and 43 academic programs and research centers. The college provides the majority of the core curriculum for all University of Arkansas students.

About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas’ flagship institution, the U of A offers an internationally competitive education in more than 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes more than $2.2 billion to the Arkansas economy through teaching new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and employment development, discovery through research and creative activity while providing training in professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the U of A among the top 3% of colleges and universities in the United States with the highest level of research activity. US News and World Report ranks the U of A among the top public universities in the nation. Learn how the U of A is working to build a better world at Arkansas Research News.

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