Sacred Places, Sacred History: Black Churches of West Winter Park

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New Visiting Exhibition opens in July at the Heritage Center

WINTER PARK, FL — Sacred Places, Sacred History: Black Churches of West
Winter Park, will be on display at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center from
July 7 to September 26, 2009.


Opening Reception: Thursday, July 16, 5:00–8:00 p.m. during the Third Thursday Hannibal Square Stroll.


Warner Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, Peter Schreyer

Historian and University of Central Florida Professor Rebekah McCloud,
Ed.D. was the winner of the 2003/04 Rhea Marsh and Dorothy Lockhard Smith
Research Grant from the Winter Park Public Library. With this funding, McCloud conducted research, wrote educational panels and paired them with
photographs to create Sacred Places, Sacred History: Black Churches of West Winter Park. The exhibition explores and provides insight into the rich
history of west Winter Park’s churches and the important role they have
played in community life.

Also on display during the same time period and as a tribute to Dr.
McCloud’s research, will be selections from Peter Schreyer’s historic
photographs of west Winter Park churches.
The exhibit of black and white
images and accompanying oral histories was created during his 1994/95
research grant awarded by the Winter Park Public Library. It is during this
project that the Winter Park documentary photographer was first introduced
to the Hannibal Square community, which more than a decade later led to the
establishment of the Heritage Center in 2007.




Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, Peter Schreyer; Warner Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, both by photographer Peter Schreyer courtesy of the Winter Park Public Library.


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Crealdé School of Art is a community based non-profit arts organization
established in 1975. It features a year-round curriculum of over 90 visual
arts classes for students of all ages, two galleries, the Contemporary
Sculpture Garden, and award-winning outreach programs. Crealdé’s second
campus, the Hannibal Square Heritage Center, opened in 2007 in partnership
with the City of Winter Park, offers innovative programming in the arts and
humanities with a focus on local history, cultural preservation, and
southern folklore. Through the award-winning Heritage Collection, the
center pays tribute to contributions of Winter Park’s historic African American
community. For more information, call:

Crealdé School of Art: (407) 671-1886; open M-Th. 9-4,
Fri. & Sat. 9-1.
600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park, FL 32792

Heritage Center: 407-539-2680; , open Tu.-Th. 12-4, F 12-5, Sat. 10-2.
642 West New England Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789