I Was Here: reshaping the American Commemorative Landscape to heal the wound that enslavement created in a shared citizenship.
The basis of the project is a set of emblematic images of contemporary African Americans transformed into representative Ancestor Spirit Portraits. I Was Here creates a visual stimulus in for an invisible history in public space.
Ancestor Spirit Portraits will be integrated into the DFM and throughout the neighborhood of Inwood. These images will comprise an ‘on the street museum’ along with the I Was Here (IWH) soundscape and will comprise a walking tour that addresses history and brings the arts to the streetscape simultaneously.
The IWH work for the DFM will integrate Ancestor Spirit Portraits into spiritually and historically significant sites across the city creating an ‘on the street museum’ in Inwood. This is a model for small and large history ‘house’ museums around the country.
VIRTUAL WALKING TOUR
ABOUT I WAS HERE
I Was Here: Reshaping the American Commemorative Landscape
Dr. Michael Preacely, Music Producer/Director
Marjorie Guyon, Artist
Patrick J. Mitchell, Photographer
Mary Quinn, CEO VisitLex
Syndy Deese, Administrative Volunteer
Marshall Fields, Community Liaison
Barry Burton, Prayer, Model, Installations, and Writer
This program is made possible by funding from the New York Community Trust.