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“We Birthed the Movement”: Exploring the Roots of the Environmental Justice Movement in Warren County, N.C.

October 14, 2023 @ 4:00 pm

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Join the Kenan Institute for Ethics in collaboration with the Warren County Environmental Action Team for a public viewing of the exhibit “We Birthed the Movement: The Warren County PCB Landfill Protests, 1978-1982,” currently on view in the Kenan-Keohane Gallery on the first floor of the West Duke Building on Duke University’s East Campus. Featuring archival photographs and materials, this exhibit was created by staff at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Wilson Library in collaboration with Warren County community members to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the protests in 2022.

Beginning at 4:00 p.m., Rev. William Kearney, organizer of the Warren County Environmental Action Team, will make opening comments along with two community members who played pivotal roles in the protests, Dollie Burwell and Wayne Moseley. This exhibit viewing will be accompanied by a light reception.

The gallery will open at 3:00 p.m., the program will take place between 4:00–4:45 p.m., and the gallery will close at 6:00 p.m. For those who cannot attend the event, the exhibit will remain on view through the fall. The gallery is open during normal business hours, Monday through Friday.

Parking on Duke University’s East Campus is free and open to the public and operates on a first-come, first-served basis. A few spots close to the building are reserved for attendees requiring greater accessibility. If you find East Campus parking full, free street parking is available along Buchanan and the adjacent side streets. Should you or someone you know require accessible parking, please reach out to Jac Arnade-Colwill at jac.arnade-colwill@duke.edu. The Kenan-Keohane Gallery is wheelchair accessible via a basement entrance on the north side of the building and the elevator to the first floor.

This event is brought to you by the Warren County Environmental Action Team, the Kenan Institute for Ethics, and one of its signature programs Just Environments (a partnership with the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability).

The Warren County Environmental Action Team (EAT) is a network of organizations & individuals working together to record, celebrate, and share Warren County’s environmental justice legacy, natural resources, and diverse culture.

Photo caption: Wanda Andrews Saunders (left) and Consherto Williams on September 15, 1982. Photo by Jerome Friar.


October 14, 2023
4:00 pm


Keohane-Kenan Gallery, West Duke Building
1364 Campus Dr
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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