Vincent Joos and CSAS exhibit paintings by Haitian/Mount Olive artists Obin and Dumé

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Haiti and the American South have a long, although under-emphasized, history of connection.  The link with our state has become stronger in recent years as more than three thousand Haitian immigrants have settled in Mount Olive, NC.  Vincent Joos (Folklore MA 2011, currently a PhD candidate in Anthropology at UNC) is engaged in research with this community, which includes two remarkable traditional artists, Michel Obin and Faustin Dumé.  Vincent has worked with the Center for the Study of the American South to mount an exhibit of the artists’ work.  “From Haiti to Mt. Olive” is on view at the Center this Spring.