Membering explores the political and personal narratives of enslavement and racism through the history of my family. Mer Rouge is a small town in Louisiana named for the red fields of dirt that rise as you drive over the hill towards the center of town. The place was built by the labor of enslaved men and women displaced by my ancestor Josiah Davenport. Josiah was also the captain of the ship Cleopatra that transported kidnapped men and women from Africa and brought them to the ports of New England. The main street in Mer Rouge is Davenport Avenue. I did not grow up in Louisiana, my mother left for Baltimore when I was two. Because of my accent and the cultural scars of the civil war, I feel more alone on Davenport Avenue than anywhere else in the world. This ongoing exploration combines documents and photographs related to my family archive.

The work was exhibited at the Tower Fine Arts Gallery at SUNY Brockport in September 2018.
 

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