Sarah Gayle, a journal-writing woman who upends the southern belle stereotype. Horace King, an enslaved architect who helps Robert Jemison Jr., a prominent slaveholder and politician design bridges. Nathaniel Kenyon, a Union officer passes unexpected time in a Tuscaloosa prison. Find out how these three stories unveil the degree to which space matters. To speak of space is speak of maps, but also the way in which the most unlikely people make claims to power on the basis of many things including where they are.
An animated digital installation exploring this nuanced idea, which pays homage to bicentennial celebrations for the City of Tuscaloosa and the State of Alabama, opens with Dolen Perkins-Valdez, author of The New York Times bestselling novel Wench as well as Balm, reading from her next book, which is set in Alabama. Receiving inspiration from student research in “Antebellum America,” a University of Alabama Department of History course taught by Dr. Sharony Green, this event is sponsored by the Frances J. Summersell Center for the South, the Departments of English, Anthropology, Gender and Race Studies, Communications and Information Sciences, and American Studies and UA Crossroads. Special thanks to Alex Fries, graduate student in UA’s Geography Department, Craig Remington, UA Cartographer, Kat Flandermeyer, graduate student in UA’s Film and Television Production program, Dr. John Beeler, Assistant Professor of History and Brandon Thompson, Director of Gorgas House.
The reading and opening reception for the exhibit will be held 5:30-7pm April 16, 2019 at the University of Alabama Gorgas House Museum. Maps from UA’s Cartographic Lab, animation from UA’s Film and Television Production Program and the curiosity of UA undergraduate students figure into this installation that will be up April 16 throughout the month of June.