Sharing Black History Through Art

By Erika Mahoney

February 2, 2013 Updated Feb 2, 2013 at 12:17 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Despite chilly temperatures, many art fans still made it out for the First Friday Art Walk.

At the Phelps Mansion Museum stop, artwork in honor of Black History Months filled the walls.

The exhibit, "Ghosts of the South," aims to tell the story of slaves through digital art.

Local artist Judith Present said she was inspired to create the images after visiting the Oakley Plantation in Louisiana.

"They still had the slave shacks and I felt when I went in there that they were still there, or their energy was echoing through it," Present said.

She said she hopes the work shows viewers what hardships slaves went through, and the importance of the period in American history.

"I mean it's whether you go to the Holocaust museum or anywhere where people were massacred in huge amounts or terrible things happened, there's this energy that kind of floats up with 'tell our story, tell about us.'"

Her entire exhibit will come together Feb. 23 and Feb. 24 with a performance about black history and the150th anniversary of the Civil War.

"Ghosts of the South" Drama and Song:

Feb. 23: 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 24: 2 p.m.

Tickets: Adults $10, students $8