2017 Alternative Textbook Program

Eligible program participants will receive a stipend and library support to replace their current textbook with open resources and/or library materials. Alternative texts may include a variety of materials, including open textbooks, library materials, and other free resources. If you have questions about the program, please contact Joyner Library’s Research and Scholarly Communication Department at scholarlycomm@ecu.edu.

 For eligibility and application information, please visit the Alternative Textbook Program website.  Applications are due by March 15, 2017.

 This program is supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.


Beyond Bricks & Mortar: Revisiting the Sycamore Hill Community

Beyond Bricks and Mortar:
Revisiting the Sycamore Hill Community

Exhibit preserves history of Sycamore Hill community

GREENVILLE, N.C. (2/7/2017) – “Beyond Bricks and Mortar: Revisiting the Sycamore Hill Community,” a photography project that shares a missing piece in the history of the displaced community, has opened at East Carolina University’s Joyner Library.

On display in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery through March 26, the exhibit illustrates that a community is much more than the bricks and mortar used to construct its homes. The photographs and narratives featured show how the ties that bind are found in human connections.

Students, visitors, and citizens of Greenville and surrounding areas are invited to visit the exhibit and learn about the predominately African American community that was displaced by a redevelopment project in the 1960s.

According to Joyner Library Director Janice S. Lewis, “The Beyond Bricks and Mortar project furthers the mission of Joyner Library and ECU to celebrate and preserve the life stories, art and images that represent the regional culture of eastern North Carolina. It is particularly timely as the Greenville City Council continues to discuss a planned memorial near the former location of Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church, now part of Town Common. Recent meetings attended by former residents and church members provided an opportunity for us to learn more about the community, its importance, and the need to document its history before more time passes.”

Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church was founded in 1860 and was originally known as the African Baptist Church. The name was changed in the 1880s and referred to the sycamore trees surrounding the church’s location on the corner of First and Greene streets. The large brick church featured in the exhibit’s historical photographs was constructed in 1917 and was a Greenville landmark for half a century. When the Town Common Park was created in the late 1960s, both the church and the vibrant community that existed around it were forced to move.

With the support of a North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Grant and additional support from the Friends of Joyner Library, the Beyond Bricks and Mortar project began in late December, led by a team from Joyner Library including Charlotte Fitz Daniels, programs and events coordinator at Joyner Library, Heather White, assistant director for assessment and engagement at Joyner Library, and ECU graduate and professional photographer Michelle Butterfield.

“We are honored to help the Sycamore Hill community tell their story and are excited about the possibilities with this project, said White. “It was overwhelming to have such a large participation in the portrait project, which speaks volumes to the strong sense of community and connection this group continues to feel even years later.”

On Dec. 27 and 28, former Sycamore Hill community members and their descendants were photographed as close as possible to the sites of their former homes and church, many of which were located on what is now Greenville’s Town Common. Narratives from the former residents and family members about their memories of living in the Sycamore Hill community were collected by the Joyner Library team to accompany the portraits.

Historical images of the Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church and the surrounding neighborhood from the Joyner Library Digital Collection are also included in the exhibition.

Amber Nannette Harris participated with her father in the project. “Listening to these stories is a scar for me too,” she said. “They’re my parents and these are my family, and I am happy to stand here and in the gap for those who have gone before us. These sacred grounds will forever be home in our hearts,” said Harris. “This acknowledgment is a start of a healing process.”

A public celebration honoring the Sycamore Hill community and recognizing participants in the project will be held on Friday, March 3 from 5-8 p.m. in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery in Joyner Library. The celebration will include a short program at 5:15 p.m. and will be a part of the First Friday Artwalk series, with service by the Jolly Trolley.

“It is projects like these that allow Joyner Library to continue our commitment to documenting regional history and culture,” White explained. “Our goal is to honor our local community while supporting ECU’s strategic mission as a national model for student success, public service, and regional transformation.”

“I want to thank the former residents of the Sycamore Hill community who generously shared their memories with us,” said Lewis. “Many of the people we interviewed were children or teenagers when their lives were disrupted by the destruction of their neighborhood. Their pride in their community, their church, their schools, and their families could not be destroyed, however. We are glad that we are able to preserve and share this small part of their history through the Beyond Bricks and Mortar exhibit.”

After the exhibit closes, the images will be preserved and will continue to be available online as part of Joyner Library’s Digital Collections. The library hopes this project will be the seed for more extensive outreach and collection of regional history, including the history of communities that have been underrepresented in archival collections.

Joyner Library will also hold a Community Scanning Day on Saturday, March 4 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church located at 1001 Hooker Road, Greenville, North Carolina 27835.

If you have historical photographs of the Greenville area or related items that you would like to have scanned, please contact: Charlotte Fitz Daniels at FITZDANIELSC16@ECU.EDU or 252 328-0287

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Joyner Library
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858

Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery
Joyner Library
East Carolina University

 Exhibition Dates:
January 20 – March 26, 2017

Friday, March 3, 2017
5pm until 8pm

Sponsored by:
North Carolina Arts Council Grassroots Grant
Friends of Joyner Library

Community Scanning Day
Saturday, March 4, 2017 – 9am until 1pm
Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church
1001 Hooker Road – Greenville, North Carolina 27835
Help us preserve your history! If you have photographs of the downtown Greenville area, or other items please contact: Charlotte Fitz Daniels at FITZDANIELSC16@ECU.EDU or 252 328-0287  

Media Coverage:

Sunday, April 2, 1917
The Daily Reflector (front page)
Symbol of city’s past still stands on a country road

Saturday, March 4, 2017
The Daily Reflector (front page)
Exhibit goes beyond bricks and mortar

Saturday, March 4, 2017
The Daily Reflector
ECU will scan old neighborhood photos today

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
WCTI – Channel 12 – ABC – Evening News
Black History Month: Greenville’s Sycamore Hill Church has lots of history 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
WITN – Channel 7 – NBC – Morning News
Beyond Bricks & Mortar: Revisiting the Sycamore Hill Community 

Friday, February 24, 2017
The Daily Reflector
Exhibit Preserves History of Sycamore Hill Community

Sunday, February 19, 2017
The Daily Reflector – ECU News
ECU Notes: Exhibit Preserves History of Sycamore Hill Community

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
ECUNow Blog
Exhibit Preserves History of Sycamore Hill Community

December 28, 2016
WITN – Channel 7 – NBC – 6pm news
Forgotten Greenville community gets history preserved

December 28, 2016
WNCT– Channel 9 – CBS – 6pm news
Beyond Bricks and Mortar to piece together Greenville Town Common’s past

December 28, 2016
The Daily Reflector – Front Page
Project saving memories from Sycamore Hill

For more information please contact:
Heather White
Assistant Director for Assessment & Engagement
Joyner Library – East Carolina University
(252) 328-2870

Joyner Library Spring Banquet to feature local, award-winning chef Vivian Howard

Joyner Library Spring Banquet to feature local, award-winning chef Vivian Howard 

The Friends of Joyner Library will host “A Night with Vivian Howard” as part of their 2017 Spring Banquet on March 30 at the Greenville Hilton.

Star and creator of the PBS show A CHEF’S LIFE and owner and chef of the acclaimed Chef and the Farmer restaurant in Kinston, North Carolina, Howard will share personal experiences with discovering age-old traditions for Southern cooking that inspired her latest cookbook, Deep Run Roots. A true celebration of the flavors from North Carolina’s coastal plain, Howard divulges over 200 recipes and stories to reveal the history of Southern food and its roots in family and tradition. ​

Also during the program, the Friends of Joyner Lifetime Membership Award will be presented to long-time member Edith Rand.

The event is open to the public including Friends members and non-members and will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a silent auction. Tickets may be purchased at tinyurl.com/friendsbanquet for $100 per person, which includes a signed copy of Deep Run Roots, or $1,000 per table of eight with preferred seating and eight books.

All proceeds will be used to support student awards, community events and opportunities for staff development at East Carolina University.

Please visit tinyurl.com/friendsbanquet to purchase your tickets today. Checks will also be accepted and should be made out to Joyner Library with “2017 Spring Banquet” in the memo line. Responses should be sent no later than March 16 to Rachel Becton at 252-328-4090 or masonr15@ecu.edu.

For more information about becoming a member of the Friends of Joyner Library please visit www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/giving/friends.cfm.

Community Scanning Day

Joyner Library will hold a Community Scanning Day on March 4 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 1001 Hooker Road, Greenville.

Those with historical photographs of the Greenville area or related items that they would like to have scanned are invited to contact Charlotte Fitz Daniels at fitzdanielsc16@ecu.edu or (252) 328-0287.

2017 African American Writers Read-In

Celebrate black literary achievement by publicly reading excepts from works by your favorite black writers, artists, thinkers and creatives.  Bring your own book or choose one from Joyner Library’s collection that will on display during the Read In.

Thursday, March 2nd
Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery
2nd Floor, Joyner Library 

For information please contact:

Charlotte Fitz Daniels
Programs and Events Coordinator
Joyner Library
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
252 328-0287

FaculTea – Dr. Bob Edwards

Please join us Feb. 22 at 3:30pm for the first FaculTea of 2017, as Dr. Bob Edwards will present his lecture “Protest Policing at the Republican and Democratic Nominating Conventions, July 2016”

For information please contact:

Charlotte Fitz Daniels
Programs and Events Coordinator
Joyner Library
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
252 328-0287


2016 Annual Report


The 2016 Annual Report features photographs and student quotations that highlight the importance of Joyner Library to East Carolina University students. The faculty and staff of Joyner Library work as a team every day to help students enhance their information literacy skills, locate and evaluate resources, use technology, and create new knowledge. As a research library, we support authors through every stage of the scholarly communication life cycle. We make a difference to students through our textbook affordability programs, distance education services, and exam week stress busters. We can’t do it without your support. Thanks to the many library supporters who have given their time, talent and resources to help Joyner Library achieve its mission. Go Pirates!


For more information or with questions please contact:
Heather White, Assistant Director for Assessment & Engagement
Joyner Library – East Carolina University
(252) 328-2870 or whiteh@ecu.edu 

Lecture by Dr. Kenneth Janken

The Program in African & African American Studies

“Pitt County’s Season of Discontent, 1971: A Killer Cop, Repression in the Schools, and the Limits of Black Protest.”


Dr. Kenneth Janken, Professor of African,  African American and African Diaspora Studies, UNC-UNC-Chapel Hill

Drawing from research conducted in Joyner Library’s Special Collections for his recently published book on the case of the Wilmington 10, Dr. Janken will discuss two overlapping events occurring in Pitt County in 1971–the murder of an African American day laborer, William Murphy by State Trooper Billy Day and the conflict over school desegregation at Ayden-Grifton High School which led to the arrest and incarceration of 11 students.  Dr. Janken’s talk will discuss some of the strategies used by leaders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to highlight some of the shortcomings of local Black protests during the era of the Wilmington 10.

Co-Sponsors: Harriot College of Arts & Sciences,  Joyner Library, Department

Music Library Renovation Celebration

Friday, January 20th, 2017
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
A.J. Fletcher Music Center


Jan Lewis, Director, Academic Library Services

David Hursh, Head, Music Library

John O’Brien, Professor, School of Music

Performance of “An die Musik” by John O’Brien (piano) and Joseph Morris (baritone)

Joseph Morris, Student, School of Music

Chris Ulffers, Director, School of Music

Shelby Strother, Chair, Joyner Library Advancement Council