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History @ High Noon: Roots of Hope: Rediscovering the Legacy of John Hunter

Wednesday, Sep. 30, noon online via Zoom

This program will be online via Zoom. A link will be sent out to all registrants twice on the day of the program.

Presenter: Ernest Dollar, Director, City of Raleigh Museum. Register here!

Dollar made an incredible revelation in 2018, while researching Dorothea Dix Park for an upcoming exhibit. His discovery: the story of “Uncle” John Hunter. Born enslaved in the 1760s, Hunter witnessed incredible changes over his lifetime, which spanned—112 years! Fascinated, Dollar then traced Hunter’s family through the next century and found them living in New York. In November 2019, descendants traveled from across the United States to rediscover their lost roots in Raleigh. Their experience was documented in a 13-minute documentary, which will be shown during this presentation. Register here!

A Durham native, Dollar completed his BA in history and a BFA in design at UNC–Greensboro and, later, earned an MA in public history from NC State. He began working in historic sites in 1993 and has since worked at several historic parks in North and South Carolina; he has served as executive director of the Orange County Historical Museum and the Preservation Society of Chapel Hill.

History at High Noon is the Museum of History’s popular lunch-and-learn series, History à la Carte, reimagined to provide information via a live, virtual meeting.