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Brownsville "Women of a New Tribe" Exhibit Inspires Youth

By Heather Mathis
By hmathis@wbbjtv.com

HAYWOOD COUNTY Tenn. - The "Women of a New Tribe" Exhibit opened at the Dunbar Carver Museum in Brownsville, the hometown of the photographer, Jerry Taliaferro.

The exhibit has traveled the globe, showcasing women of the world. Taliaferro says his hometown asked him to photograph women ages 75 and older for the exhibition. The community wanted to show the accomplishments of these women to encourage young adults.

"These women were leaders in the community," said Taliaferro. "They set an excellent example for us all."

24 Brownsville women now have their photo hanging in the museum. Their occupations range from former teachers to former business owners.

"I was surprised that this many of us would admit to being over 75," said Cynthia Bond who was photographed last month.

Taliaferro even had a aspiring photographer help him in the photo shoot. 12-year-old Nyah Stewart said she got to take some of the photos herself.

"It's mind blowing that people would like what I took," said Stewart.

Organizers said they hope youth in West Tennessee will take the message of the exhibit home and realize that you can do whatever you set your mind too.

The photos will stay in Brownsville until June 21.