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January 21, 2003
David Horvath


LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The African-American barbershop is more than a place to get a hair cut. It long has been a social institution -- a place where black men go to speak their minds freely on topics that range from politics to sports; where young boys watch their elders and learn how to be men; and where a sense of community is forged.

The African-American barbershop in all its facets will be the subject of an exhibit on display at the University of Louisville Ekstrom Library Jan. 27 through Feb. 28.

Titled "The African American Barbershop from the Era of 'Jim Crow' to Desegregation,” the exhibit focuses on barbershops in Central Kentucky. It was researched and is curated by Doris Wilkinson, a sociology professor at the University of Kentucky, and is supported in part by the Kentucky Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional materials relevant to Louisville will be included.

Wilkinson will speak on “The African-American Barbershop as a Social Institution: A Symbol of Survival in the 21st Century” at the Feb. 2 opening reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit will be on display in the main lobby gallery. Library hours are 7:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday; 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 1 a.m. Sunday.


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