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On Black Wall Street, Ella West Gallery is a beacon of artistic light

Erin Keever

When Linda Shropshire opened Ella West Gallery in the summer of 2023, she knew that she was joining an illustrious history of generations of entrepreneurs before her. The gallery's location on West Parrish Street in downtown Durham made it part of an enduring legacy of the historic Black Wall Street.

Leoneda Inge sits down with Shropshire to discuss the historical significance of her gallery's location, her inaugural and current exhibits and the importance of art collecting.

Guest

Linda Shropshire, founder of Ella West Gallery

Leoneda Inge is the co-host of WUNC's "Due South." Leoneda has been a radio journalist for more than 30 years, spending most of her career at WUNC as the Race and Southern Culture reporter. Leoneda’s work includes stories of race, slavery, memory and monuments. She has won "Gracie" awards, an Alfred I. duPont Award and several awards from the Radio, Television, Digital News Association (RTDNA). In 2017, Leoneda was named "Journalist of Distinction" by the National Association of Black Journalists.
Stacia L. Brown is a writer and audio storyteller who has worked in public media since 2016, when she partnered with the Association of Independents in Radio and Baltimore's WEAA 88.9 to create The Rise of Charm City, a narrative podcast that centered community oral histories. She has worked for WAMU’s daily news radio program, 1A, as well as WUNC’s The State of Things. Stacia was a producer for WUNC's award-winning series, Great Grief with Nnenna Freelon and a co-creator of the station's first children's literacy podcast, The Story Stables. She served as a senior producer for two Ten Percent Happier podcasts, Childproof and More Than a Feeling. In early 2023, she was interim executive producer for WNYC’s The Takeaway.