Faith Cabin Libraries Screening
When: Saturday, October 20 | 9:00am-1:00pm (the footage will be on loop throughout the day)
Where: Nickelodeon Theatre | 1607 Main Street
Cost: Free and open to the public!
Join us for a special screening of Faith Cabin Libraries at Home Movie Day, free and open to the public! In partnership with the Nickelodeon Theatre and the Moving Image Research Collections at the University of South Carolina (MIRC), we will be screening on 16mm a collection of home movies, along with Faith Cabin Library footage from the Willie Lee Buffington Collection. Stop by between 9:00am-1:00pm to catch a unique glimpse of rural life around the SC Midlands in the 1950s.
This screening is one of the many upcoming exhibitions and film screenings that will reflect the central theme of our year-around artist project for 2018-19: the Rural Project, where we are focusing on the issues facing small town and rural communities of the Southeast in the 21st century.
About Faith Cabin Libraries
Willie Lee Buffington, 1908-1988, was a white mill worker and Methodist minister from Saluda, South Carolina, and was best known as the founder of the Faith Cabin Library (FCL) movement, created to support literacy to underserved African-American youth by building libraries of free books for poor, segregated schools in rural communities. The first Faith Cabin Library was established in Buffington’s hometown of Saluda, South Carolina in 1932, and were so named in that they were “built on faith, and housed in cabins.
About the Buffington Film Collection
This collection consists of six reels, or approximately 1,864 feet of 16mm Kodachrome film, of Willie Lee Buffington’s personal amateur film footage and prominently features segregated African-American schools and Faith Cabin Libraries in rural Georgia and South Carolina.
The six reels of home movies in the Buffington Collection capture a unique glimpse into the life and customs of rural Southern Americans, particularly the youth that lived in predominantly Black communities. The footage was filmed in the early 1950s in the South, where schools remained segregated until the late 1960s and where African Americans were not allowed to use general public libraries. These communities had very few alternatives for sources of educational reading material, and the Faith Cabin Libraries filled an essential need in American education for these underserved communities. When these films were created it was estimated that there were more than 100 Faith Cabin Libraries in existence throughout Georgia and South Carolina.
About Home Movie Day
Home Movie Day is a celebration of amateur films and filmmaking held annually at many local venues worldwide. Home Movie Day events provide the opportunity for individuals and families to see and share their own home movies with an audience of their community, and to see their neighbors’ in turn. It’s a chance to discover why to care about these films and to learn how best to care for them.