A broadside depicting Black people singing and celebrating

February 11, 2022 – April 18, 2022 | Smathers Library Lobby

Lives, Hopes, Histories: Black Authorship from the American Revolution to the Harlem Renaissance

The earliest Black authors in the United States had limited opportunities to publish their works, or even to be identified on equal terms with their white contemporaries. During the nineteenth century, they made use of emerging and ephemeral genres—the newspapers, tracts and periodicals of the Antebellum period—to tell their stories and reach a broader readership. Black authors created new and distinctive poetry, history and fiction, as well as identities divorced from those of currently or formerly enslaved people. Curated by Neil Weijer.

Black and white palm trees next to house

January 18, 2022 – April 8, 2022 | Smathers Library Gallery

Lost Communities of Florida

Lost Communities of Florida looks back at some of the once thriving Florida communities that have now faded or disappeared. It examines the broad social, economic, and political trends, as well as natural disasters and new technologies, that contributed to their rise and fall. Curated by Dr. Bridget Bihm-Manuel and Hank Young.