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Untold Black Stories of Alton debuts in downtown Alton storefronts

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Untold Black Stories of Alton

Through July 11, 2021, Untold Black Stories of Alton features large-format portraits of more than 30 people displayed in storefronts of eight businesses along Broadway in Alton.

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Now through July 11, you can walk through downtown Alton, peer into storefronts, and listen to the stories of Black residents with the help of a mobile app and photography exhibition.

Untold Black Stories of Alton features large-format portraits of more than 30 people displayed in storefronts of eight businesses along Broadway in Alton.

“These portraits will animate the Downtown Arts District with striking imagery to further engage our community in these Untold Black Stories of Alton and celebrate participants who shared their stories,” Rachel Lappin, executive director of Jacoby Arts Center, said in a statement. “The mixed media experience will be accessible 24/7 for locals and tourists alike. In other words, this is a museum-like outdoor art exhibition throughout downtown.”

The residents were recorded by StoryCorps for the Untold Black Stories project.

The guided audio tour is available at explore.riversandroutes.com and is delivered to users via text and email with no app to download. Excerpts from the conversations can be heard there, and the full 40-minute StoryCorps recordings can be found at jacobyartscenter.org/untoldblackstories.

The exhibition opening is at 6 p.m. June 4 at the Jacoby Arts Center and will be a chance for the community to meet the participants as well as the artists who will create a corresponding contemporary art exhibition that will also be on display through July 11 around town.

Residents will be able to record additional stories. To be notified of future opportunities, sign up at jacobyartscenter.org/untoldblackstories.

Valerie Schremp Hahn • 314-340-8246

@valeriehahn on Twitter

vhahn@post-dispatch.com

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