Exhibits, plays mark Black History Month in Corinth

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – Black History Month will continue into March in Corinth.
The city is honoring the month with two exhibits by black artists, as well as with a play and history exhibit.
The Corinth Artist Guild Gallery is hosting a watercolor and drawing exhibition by Arkansas pastor and artist Edward Wade Jr. through the first week of March, said the guild’s president, Sonny Boatman. Wade’s work includes portraits of his family, landscapes and more.
The gallery, located at 507 Cruise St., is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
The gallery is also sponsoring an exhibit of paintings by self-taught Tupelo artist Billy Clifton at the Corinth Public Library.
Clifton’s work will be on display at the library through March 16.
It’s free to see both exhibits, and donations are accepted at the gallery.
The Corinth Welcome Center has a collection of display boards from the Corinth-area African-American Historical Society, as well as paintings by Clifton and more black artists.
Corinth Theatre-Arts will present “Gee’s Bend,” a play about a remote black community on the Alabama River set in the 1930s.
The play will be presented at 7 p.m. March 8 at the Crossroads Playhouse, and it’s free, with donations accepted, Boatman said. The Macedonia Baptist Church Praise Team also will perform at the production.
The Corinth Black History Museum is usually only open one day a week, but it will expand its hours during February.
The museum will be open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday – Friday and will host a Student Day 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 23.