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.