Love is in the air, and on the NC Culture dot com podcast. First up is an exhibit that opens Valentine’s Day weekend at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Alesia DiCosola of the museum staff talks about “Highlights of the American Collection,” which opens Feb. 15.
Sequoyah Winston reads two poems from George Moses Horton. Horton was an enslaved African American who became North Carolina’s first professional poet. Horton, who published his first book in 1829, lived in Chatham County and was a familiar sight in Chapel Hill on the campus of the University of North Carolina. There, he recited compositions to students, who also paid him for his love poems.
Next, a love letter from Confederate soldier Calvin Boyles to his wife Mary is part of an on-line exhibit from the N.C. Museum of History.