I present this photograph in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Civil Rights Day in Arizona and New Hampshire, all of which fall on January 20. This image is from the first photographic collection centering on the burial ground of the forgotten slaves from the William Floyd Estate in Mastic, Long Island, which is now a National Park unit of Fire Island National Seashore. Floyd signed the Declaration of Independence and served with George Washington.
The series is a spiritual memorial to these slaves and seeks to dignify them as individuals. They are separated by a white wooden fence, with simple, year-less crucifixes bearing singular generic slave names. I created the image while standing in the Floyd cemetery surrounded by that family’s elaborate individualized tombstones.
Selections were exhibited at African Burial Ground National Monument in lower Manhattan; LeRoy Neiman Art Center in Harlem; and Oyster Bay Historical Society on Long Island. Find out more in this News 12 report:
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