“Bayard Wootten – The Big Stride” presented by Anthony Lilly

Thea Kincaid and I enjoyed meeting Anthony Lilly, Writer and Producer of Bayard Wootten – The Big Stride yesterday at the North Carolina History Center.

The Cullman Performance Hall was packed with people who wanted to learn about the remarkable life of Bayard Wootten, local artist, pioneering photographer, and activist.

New Bern Native Anthony Lilly is eager to share Bayard’s “family history, her road to success, and her passion for the artistic medium which she used brilliantly to document the American South”.

Anthony will begin shooting the feature film, The Big Stride, sometime this year in New Bern and Chapel Hill.

“Among her successful endeavors, Wootten helped name Pepsi-Cola and created the logo for its inventor and her neighbor, Caleb Bradham”. She was the first person to shoot an aerial photograph in North Carolina. She also flew with the Wright Brothers. These are only a few highlights to her incredible career!

We look forward to learning more about this fascinating woman!

Follow Anthony Lilly’s progress on The Big Stride on Bayard Wootten’s Facebook page.

Special thanks to Anthony Lilly for giving us a glimpse into the life of Bayard Wooten.

We would also like to thank Craig Ramey, Marketing and Communications Manager, and Brandon Anderson, Educator at North Carolina History Center at Tryon Palace for bringing special programs and presentations to our town!

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Wendy Card