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Winslow Homer Expert to Share Analysis of Long-Lost Painting at Mercer

February 22, 2011

Media Contact: Mark Vanderhoek, (478) 301-4037,

MACON — Mercer University’s Southern Studies Program will host a lecture by historian Peter H. Wood at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the Medical School Auditorium on the University’s Macon campus. Dr. Wood’s presentation is titled, “‘Near Andersonville:’ Winslow Homer’s Long-Lost Painting of an Enslaved Black Woman.”

Dr. Wood is an emeritus professor of history at Duke University and a leading expert on painter Winslow Homer’s images of blacks. He will share the long-hidden story of Homer’s Civil War painting, locating its setting in southwest Georgia in August 1864 and providing its military and political context.

Dr. Wood’s research interests include Colonial American history and Native American history, and he is the lead author of the United States history survey textbook, Created Equal. He received a Rhodes Scholarship in 1964 and has been awarded research fellowships from Harvard’s Charles Warren Center, the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is a recipient of the Albert J. Beveridge Award and the James Harvey Robinson Prize of the American Historical Association.

In 2002, Dr. Wood delivered the Lamar Lectures at Mercer in a series titled, “Weathering the Storm: Inside Winslow Homer’s Gulf Stream.”

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