Memory and the Captive Passage at African Burial Ground

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Date: September 29, 2009
Contact: Cherie Butler, 212-637-0462

African Burial Ground presents a special art installation


Unlike many exhibitions that focus on the brutalities of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, “Memory and the Captive Passage delves into the spiritual nature of the Africans, their traditions and how their way of life sustained them in America and, for some, their home in New York City.


The installation features portrait images of African ghosts that were created with ink on sheer curtains by French artist Patrick Singh. These ethereal images reveal the attitudes and beliefs that sustained and supported Africans, enabling them to build communities and to overcome the poverty and disease that ran rampant in the immigrant neighborhoods of Five Points, the Bowery and the Lower East Side.


“Memory and the Captive Passage” is a collaborative project of the West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. and the African Burial Ground National Monument.


What:   Memory and the Captive Passage: An Art Installation


When:  Through October 19, 2009, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm


Where:African Burial Ground NM Visitor Center, 1st floor, 290 Broadway



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