1 S. Front St. Wilmington, N.C.

Opening reception: Friday October 11, 6:00-9:00pm

Fourth Friday Art Walk: October 25, 6:00-9:00pm

Closing reception: Friday November 8, 6:00-9:00pm

Gallery Hours: Thursday-Saturday 1:00-4:00pm

Presented by The Black on Black Project

2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans arriving in what is now the United States. Since the first ship landed, African-Americans have endured slavery, Black Codes and Jim Crow. Through all of this, the people that President Abraham Lincoln once referred to as a "troublesome presence" have persisted, standing together and supporting each other while fighting for the rights afforded in the U.S. Constitution. 

The ancestors of African-Americans laid a strong foundation and each succeeding generation has lifted each other up. In "Destroy the Man, Keep the Body," artist Stephen Hayes uses sculpture and mixed media to offer a visual representation of these support systems and the challenges African-Americans have faced the last 400 years.