Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center honors legacy of Allen Hines

Posted at 2:09 PM on Jan 15, 2019


PHOTO: The late Allen Hines and his wife Martha.

Special to SVLfreenews.com

To begin the New Year, the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Lucas Mansion Gallery (316 Hiddenite Church Road) features an exhibit of historical collections honoring the Civil Rights era service of the late Allen Hines.

A reception celebrating the life and legacy of Allen Hines is set for Sunday, January 27, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Lucas Mansion Gallery. The reception, which will include light refreshments and a gallery talk, is free to attend and all are welcome.

In 1962, Allen Hines was one of the U.S. Marshals given the sacred duty of protecting James Meredith, the first African-American man to enroll in the University of Mississippi. Under the direction of U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy, Hines and his fellow Marshals played an important role in providing security to Meredith in this pivotal event in the Civil Rights Movement.

Meredith’s courage in desegregating the University of Mississippi opened the doors of opportunity for all Americans. Hines and Meredith bonded over this shared moment and remained friends throughout the years.

In a special Gallery Talk, Martha Hines will discuss her late husband’s life of service to family, community and country. She will also discuss the specific pieces from the exhibit and share their personal meaning as well as stories about how they relate to her husband’s public service.

A special commemorative pin will be presented to all who attend the reception, courtesy of the Allen Hines Estate.

This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. 


To learn more about the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center call (828) 632-6966, email info@hiddenitearts.org or visit www.hiddenitearts.org

About Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center

Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center events, exhibits, and programs are made possible in part through the generous funding of Alexander County government, the Town of Taylorsville, the Eileen and R. Y. Sharpe Family Foundation, The Winston Salem Foundation, Duke Energy, the Catawba Valley Community Foundation, and the Friends of the Center membership program. The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Lucas Mansion and Educational Complex are wheelchair accessible.

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