Exploring Junaluska: Life in the Late 1970s Captured by Cecil Jackson

This exhibit features selections from a collection of images taken by Grady Cecil Jackson (1947-1996) in the late 1970s. These images center around Jackson’s life in Junaluska, the historically Black community located in Boone, NC.

Per recommendation from Roberta Jackson (Cecil’s widow) and Lynn Patterson (Cecil and Roberta's daughter), this exhibit will focus on "behind-the-scenes" glimpses of the community, the Boone Mennonite Brethren Church, and the historic installation of the 1979 NASA Mod-1 Wind Turbine on Howard's Knob above Junaluska. Images selected for this exhibit are from the largely undigitized, upcoming Cecil Jackson Slide Collection.

A very special thanks to Roberta Jackson for her assistance identifying people seen within images of this exhibit, as well as for giving digital use rights of the images to the Digital Watauga Project and making this exhibit possible.


Tara Bradshaw, April 2021