"Sugar Shack" (1976) by Ernie Barnes

"Black Revelry" by Dr. Derrais Carter

Black Revelry by Dr. Derrais Carter is an immersive project based on the painting "Sugar Shack" by Ernie Barnes. Carter will give a public presentation on campus about Black social life in NC communities.


This event is sponsored by Dr. Aleia Brown, Whichard Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, currently held in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Department of History.


The event is free and open to the public.


About the painting: It wasn't until May 2022 that it broke into the mainstream art world by selling for $15 million at an auction in New York. Prior to that, Barnes' painting was ubiquitous with Black interior life.

Thursday, March 16 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Main Campus Student Center, 125
501 E. 10th St., Greenville, NC 27858

Event Type



Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences, African and African-American Studies, History, Gender Studies, Harriot College of Arts & Sciences

Target Audience

Students, Faculty, Staff, Public, Alumni

Contact Name

Dr. Aleia M. Brown

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Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact the ADA Coordinator at least 48 hours prior to the event at (252) 737-1018 / ada-coordinator@ecu.edu.

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