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An Interview with Ann Miller Woodford

"No matter what else I was doing, I've always believed I'm an artist." - Ann Miller Woodford


Many people know Andrews, North Carolina native, Ann Miller Woodford, as the Executive Director of the long standing non-profit organization, One Dozen Who Care, Inc. 

But in recent years, Woodford’s attention has been finely tuned to a labor of love for over a decade. The culmination of that project - When All God’s Children Get Together - is having its second showing at the Murphy Art Center in downtown Murphy, NC, and has brought all of her talents as an artist, writer and historian to bear.

On February 10, 2020, Mariela Jimenez interviewed Woodford at the Murphy Art Center, along with David Vowell of the Cherokee County Arts Council, to discuss her project, and the significance of incorporating Black History in the common dialogue related to American History as a whole.

Ann Miller Woodford at the Murphy Art Center

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