ASHEBORO – Share memories of North Carolina’s agricultural past with playwright, oral historian and storyteller Ella Joyce (E.J.) Stewart in “Sit-a-Spell,” 6 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at the Asheboro Public Library.
Stewart, the daughter of sharecroppers, will share stories from the mid-20th Century, when “Y’all come sit-a-spell” was the call for agricultural workers to take a break from hard work in the fields, or to relax after church on a Sunday afternoon.
Stewart’s appearance is first in a series of visits by “Road Scholars” from the North Carolina Humanities Council’s Many Stories, One People project. It’s free and the public is invited.
Stewart, who lives in Raleigh, uses literary arts as a way to create better communication across age, race, gender and class lines. She has written three produced plays and her stories appear in several publications.
She is a member of the North Carolina Association of Black Storytellers and the National Association of Black Storytellers.
Mark your calendars for the other Road Scholar events at the Asheboro library:
- “In Search of the Real Founder of Christianity: Jesus of Nazareth or Saul of Tarsus,” with Mars Hill College religion professor Dr. Walter Ziffer, 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 19; and
- “Sarah McGuirk, Orphan Train Rider,” with fiction writer and essayist Tamra Wilson, M.F.A., 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 21.
The project is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Support is also provided by the Friends of the Library.
The library is located at 201 Worth Street. For further information, call 336-318-6803