Texas Tech Library Features Exhibit on Travels in Africa

DATE: February 28, 2006
CONTACT: Scott Slemmons, scott.slemmons@ttu.edu
(806) 742-2136

LUBBOCK -- In celebration of Black History Month, the Texas Tech University Library has created an exhibit titled "My Memories of Africa" featuring photos and artifacts from Niger and Uganda.

The exhibit features memorabilia from the travels of Jennifer Spurrier, assistant archivist, and Ed Steinhart, professor of African history, and is currently on display in the University Library's Croslin Room. It will continue to run through April 21.

Spurrier spent two years with the Peace Corps in Niger from 1991-1993, collecting numerous photos and items such as a camel hair blanket, engraved daggers, jewelry, textiles and hand-carved wooden figurines.

The exhibit also includes research materials collected by Steinhart, who traveled to Musa, in Western Uganda, where he brought back the story of his search for a cult involved in the practice of spirit possession. Steinhart’s recollections, notes and collected artifacts include a toy bicycle made of found objects, hand-carved wooden animals and several items made of bark cloth.

This exhibit was curated by Archivist Lynn Whitfield and assembled by Lyn Stoll.

CONTACT: Jeff Whitley, director of communications and marketing, Texas Tech University Libraries, (806) 742-3685, or e-mail jeff.whitley@ttu.edu.