Ongoing Exhibits: The Paul Green Legacy

It is difficult to pin down the most important feature of Paul Green's legacy - was it as a humanist, a dramatist, a playwright, or a teacher? Born in 1894 in rural Harnett County North Carolina, Green attended and later taught at the University of North Carolina. It was there that he developed his life-long love of drama. He went on to write scores of plays and screenplays and to invent the form of the "symphonic drama," his most famous of which - The Lost Colony - is still performed annually at Manteo, NC.

But Green was also a man of deep commitment to issues of social justice, including racial equality, peace, and opposition to capital punishment. At a time when the South was still rigidly segregated, Paul Green brought Richard Wright to Chapel Hill and worked with him on transforming Wright's famous novel Native Son into a stage play. Many disapproved of Green's involvement with Wright, but Green was more interested in literary merit and artistic truth than he was in social approval.

The Chapel Hill Museum's exhibition highlights Green's life and legacies through text, photographs, and a recreation of Green's office, including a sampling of Green's personal books that guests are invited to browse through.

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