HAITI: LEGACY OF THE SPIRIT
Curated by Carla Summers
2nd Floor Artwall (July 1-30 only)
Curator's Tour & Lecture Pam Toner
July 9 @ 11:00am
The culture and customs of the Caribbean, with a focus on Haiti are being showcased in several
exhibits at the University of Central Florida Library Special Collection Department this
summer. Events will include a lecture series and curator's tour. The exhibit
is accompanied by a catalog and bibliography of sources in Special Collections that serve
as a guide for the further study of Haiti.
Exhibits are drawn from the Bryant West Indies Collection, a scholarly collection of over
1,700 books and periodicals on the history, geography, economy and social life of the West
Indies. The collection includes paintings, graphics, sculptures, sound recordings
and anthropological artifacts.
Dr. Rosalyn Howard, an anthropology professor at the University, is guest curating an exhibit
on Red Bays, a settlement of Black Seminoles located in the Bahamas, entitled "Red Bays:
Legacy of the Spirit." Dr. Howard has published a book on her research entitled
Black Seminoles in the Bahamas. This book is the first full-length ethnography of
a unique community within the African diaspora.
The Head of Special Collections, Carla Summers, is curating an exhibit on the Library's
artwall during the month of July entitled "Haiti: Legacy of the Spirit," looking at the
Haitian art movement and its depiction of the indomitable Haitian spirit. The Reading
Room exhibit, "The Caribbean: Legacy of the Spirit," is being curated by Elizabeth Konzak,
the University's new Archivist and Manuscript Curator. Drawn from the holdings of
the University Libraries, these unique exhibits connect students and faculty to the vast
and rich nature of the culture of the Caribbean.
Special Collections is located on the 5th Floor of the Library, Room 501. Exhibit
hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; closed major and university holidays.
For more information or to RSVP for an event, please call 407-823-2576 or e-mail