CRITICAL PLACES / SITES OF AMERICAN SLAVE REBELLION


2019-Ongoing


Back Alley. York, Pennsylvania. 2019. The Margaret Bradley Conspiracy of 1803.






U.S.Highway 17 at Wallace River, South Carolina. 2020. The Stono Rebellion of 1739.






Saint Simon's Island, Georgia. 2021.The Igbo Landing Mass Suicide of 1803.






Astoria, Queens, New York. 2021. The Newtown Revolt of 1708.






Southern Soul. Saint Simon's Island, Georgia. 2021. The Igbo Landing Mass Suicide of 1803.






Colorado County, Texas. 2022. The Slave Insurrection Panic of 1856.






La Grange, Missouri. 2022. The Lin Uprising, 1849.






Barn. Cherry Grove Plantation. Adams County, Mississippi. 2021. The Second Creek Conspiracy of 1861






Mike's Ice House. Eagle Lake, Texas. 2022. The Slave Insurrection Panic of 1856.






Truth Church. Louisville, Mississippi. 2021. The Winston County Conspiracy of 1859.








CRITICAL PLACES; SITES OF AMERICAN SLAVE REBELLION

(2019-Ongoing)

 

While the sites photographed here are ordinary places, commonplace America, these are not random places. As we learn that each was the site of a slave rebellion, a shift takes place in how we view the images; we now understand them for their significance as photographs of critical places in the topography of our historical consciousness.

There is generally only a vague awareness of this violent history of revolt and retaliation. Many of the specific sites where they took place are unknown, having been forgotten, or the landscape having been altered beyond recognition.

Undertaking this project has involved a substantial amount of research. What has repeatedly struck me is how particularly insightful the stories of these revolts are—as well as of the way they are remembered (or lack thereof)—towards an understanding of how the legacy of slavery still impacts so many of our social patterns and economic structures.

To bring this forward, my photographs are about the ordinariness of these places, speaking to how integral the legacy of slavery is to our culture. But then too these are photographs of specific sites —because each site tells a story. Texts accompany the images. Some of these are specific to a rebellion, its particular relevance, my research and encounters along the way. Other texts are more general, about my positionality in this project as one who is White, Franco-American, Jewish, etc, or for example about the relation of modernity to violence.



A sample site-specific portfolio: The Lin Uprising of 1849

 








Rebellion sites photographed to date:

York, Pennsylvania. 2019. The Margaret Bradley Conspiracy of 1803

Stono, South Carolina. 2020. The Stono Rebellion of 1739

Saint Inigoes, Maryland.2020. The Easter Rebellion of 1817

Astoria, Queens, New York. 2020-2021. The Newtown Revolt of 1708

Saint Simons Island, Georgia. 2021. The Igbo Landing Mass Suicide of 1803

Adams County, Mississippi. 2021. The Second Creek Conspiracy of 1861

Cheneyville, Mississippi. 2021. The Cheneyville Conspiracy of 1837

Louisville, Mississippi. 2021. The Winston County Conspiracy of 1859v

Madison County, Mississippi. 2021. The Madison and Hinds Counties
Rebellion of 1835

Colorado County, Texas. 2022. The Slave Insurrection Panic of 1856

Bracken County, Kentucky. 2022. The Doyle Stampede of 1848

Lewis County, Missouri. 2022. The Lin Uprising of 1849