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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 rights reserved by Wendel A. White, 2015

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