The work of artist-activist, Charmaine Minniefield preserves Black narratives as a radical act of social justice.
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Remembrance as Resistance: Sweet Auburn Rise
In anticipation of the Praise House Project in 2023, for February in honor of Black History Month, artist-activist Charmaine Minniefield will present a series of site specific public art installations, exhibitions and programs in downtown Atlanta, along Auburn Avenue and in the King Historic District. The series will activate multiple public spaces to acknowledge the history of the 1906 Race Massacre and the legacy of Black resistance.
As a terrorist mob burned and murdered, they marched for three days (September 22-25, 1906), from Peachtree, down Auburn Avenue, finally ending in Brownsville in South Atlanta. These burgeoning Black business and residential districts were targeted by the mobs’ path to intentionally disrupt Black economic potential. In spite of these heinous acts of terror over those three days in our city’s history and in the face of White Supremacy in a Post-Reconstruction and then Jim Crow South, the greatness of Auburn Avenue continued to rise and its legacy remains an example of Black resistance and freedom today.
By establishing institutions of finance, faith, higher learning, civic engagement and community service, the ancestors of Auburn Avenue are as numerous as their impact monumental. Minniefield shares, “Our work will honor their stories as the foundation of democracy for the nation and acknowledge their examples of resistance, leadership and faithfulness in the face of injustice as what informs our way forward in this continued march to freedom.”