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The public is invited to a talk by Valerie Pope Burnes, co-author of "Visions of the Black Belt: A Cultural Survey of the Heart of Alabama," on Thursday, April 7 at 4 p.m. at Pebble Hill.

In "Visions of the Black Belt," Valerie Pope Burnes and co-author Robin McDonald offer an illustrated tour of the Black Bel. Burnes and McDonald guide readers through the Black Belt’s towns and architecture and introduce the region’s citizens, farmers, craftspeople, cooks, writers and musicians. In photos and text, they bring to life the layers of history that shaped the Black Belt’s tastes, sounds and colors. 

Valerie Pope Burnes is an assistant professor of history and former director of the Center for the Study of the Black Belt at the University of West Alabama.

The event is free, open to the public and will be followed by refreshments. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Support for this event comes from the Auburn University Special Lectures Fund. The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities at Pebble Hill is located at 101 S. Debardeleben St. The historic 1847 Scott-Yarbrough house, known as Pebble Hill, will be open for tours from 3-4 p.m.

For more information on the program, call 844-4903 or visit the website.