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'Crowns' post-show conversation with U.S. Rep. Alma Adams

ArtsNow curator Mike Williams talked with U.S. Rep. Alma Adams about the musical "Crowns," her career, HBCUs and her collection of more than 1,100 hats. Adams, who represents the 12th congressional district of North Carolina and has an office in Charlotte, was featured in the book "Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats" that the musical is based on. "Crowns" continues at Raleigh Little Theatre Sept. 15-17.

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Her stint as a professional photographer taught her to rely on blind luck

My first job out of college was as the photographer for a small daily newspaper in Eastern North Carolina. After one course in photojournalism at Carolina, somehow I found myself setting up a dark room (the paper didn’t have one before hiring me) and spending long hours taking pictures around town, then rolling film and developing it in the dark. The “C” I made in the course didn’t seem to matter to the editor who hired me.

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Young children worked in the mills, on the streets

In 1918, Miss Theresa Wolfson, a special investigator of the National Child Labor Committee, conducted a survey of child labor conditions in North Carolina and published her findings in The News & Observer. Here are some of the conditions found in the towns of Durham and Asheville.

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'Crowns' post-show conversation with U.S. Rep. Alma Adams

ArtsNow curator Mike Williams talked with U.S. Rep. Alma Adams about the musical "Crowns," her career, HBCUs and her collection of more than 1,100 hats. Adams, who represents the 12th congressional district of North Carolina and has an office in Charlotte, was featured in the book "Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats" that the musical is based on. "Crowns" continues at Raleigh Little Theatre Sept. 15-17.
Mike Williams mike.williams@newsobserver.com
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