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Small Towns, Black Lives

The Small Towns, Black Lives exhibition and catalogue include photographs combined with text and various archival materials. Small Towns Black Lives is also a multimedia web based presentation that includes photography, text, archival documents, video, and audio materials.

During the summer of 1989, I visited a historically African American settlement known as Whitesboro, New Jersey, where I met Rev. George Thompson of the First Baptist Church. We spent several hours discussing the town and it’s origins. At the time I had not formulated the concept of this exhibition or even a notion that it would become a project that engaged some portion of my attention as an artist for more than 12 years.

  • Alexander Smith Headstone, Port Republic

    Alexander Smith Headstone, Port Republic

  • Audrey Lackey, Whitesboro

    Audrey Lackey, Whitesboro

  • Bethel AME Church, Springtown

    Bethel AME Church, Springtown

  • Bethel AME Church, Interior

    Bethel AME Church, Interior

  • Chanice Matthews

    Chanice Matthews

  • Morris Beach

    Morris Beach

  • Elaine and Louise, interior Richardson Ave School

    Elaine and Louise, interior Richardson Ave School

  • 1st Baptist Church

    1st Baptist Church

  • Franklin Street School

    Franklin Street School

  • Fredric Minus

    Fredric Minus

  • Jack Trower House, Morris Beach

    Jack Trower House, Morris Beach

  • Laura Aldridge, Springtown

    Laura Aldridge, Springtown

  • Michelle Wilson, Newtonville

    Michelle Wilson, Newtonville

  • Alice Jones, Whitesboro

    Alice Jones, Whitesboro

  • Mt Moriah Primative Baptist Church, Elsmere

    Mt Moriah Primative Baptist Church, Elsmere

  • Mt Peace Cemetery, Lawnside

    Mt Peace Cemetery, Lawnside

  • Paul Reynolds, Whitesboro

    Paul Reynolds, Whitesboro

  • Richardson Ave School

    Richardson Ave School

  • Whitesboro School

    Whitesboro School

  • Tecolia Salters, West Atco

    Tecolia Salters, West Atco

All images and text (except where noted) are copyrighted by Wendel A. White. All rights are reserved, 2014.