The Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts will host a free event celebrating the history of architecture in Valdosta. Guest speaker Dr. Al Willis will trace the history of the bricklaying craft in Valdosta from the beginning through the mid-20th century. The public is invited to attend the event on Thursday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the Art Park located at 605 N. Patterson St.

Willis is a Valdosta-native and architectural historian who makes an effort to maintain and educate the public on African-American heritage within the foundation of the Valdosta area.

During the mid-20th century, the bricklaying craft was dominated by African-American practitioners. In his speech, Willis will highlight how their skills interfaced with the design talents of local architects, in particular Lloyd Greer, to enable the production of an exceptional array of distinguished brick structures throughout Valdosta.

The talk will be illustrated with a slideshow of photos and information highlighting some of the most remarkable structures in the area.

The event will be held outdoors with distanced seating and mandatory masks per CDC guidelines. Patrons who need special assistance may contact the Center to make those arrangements. For more information, call 229.247.2787 or visit turnercenter.org.