CarolinaCast: After UNC canceled a controversial photo exhibit, it’s now on display off campus

By Jayda Williams and Jade Wilson

The public can now see the controversial images that led UNC to cancel an exhibition by a local photographer.

In February, UNC leaders abruptly canceled an exhibition by Durham photographer Cornell Watson that documented Black life and Black activism in Chapel Hill. They said some of the images detracted from the message of “reverence” for the Black community that they hoped the exhibition would convey.

Watson called the decision censorship. His photos are now on display at the Chapel Hill Public Library.

Carolina Connection reporter Jade Wilson talks with Jayda Williams about the controversy.


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