Washington Park Cemetery Exhibit Opens March 3

Jennifer Colten, WPC. Section 14 [107.9], 1992, inkjet print, © and courtesy of the artist.

The opening for “Higher Ground: Honoring Washington Park Cemetery, Its People and Place” is Friday, March 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Sheldon Art Galleries, 3648 Washington Boulevard.

This multimedia exhibition, conceived by photographer Jennifer Colten, includes 50 large-scale, color landscape photographs by Colten, as well as video and oral histories by Denise Ward-Brown, associate professor of art in the Sam Fox School; historical land documentation; historical narrative panels; and an art installation by Dail Chambers, which together provide an overview of the history and issues surrounding this historically African-American cemetery. The exhibition tells the story of the cemetery’s long and tragic history and reveals the complicated tangle of social injustice, racial politics, and neglect that it has suffered.

A fully illustrated catalog will accompany the exhibition. In addition, Special Collections will archive a sampling of photographs and other materials relating to the project. Scholarly Publishing will create a digital exhibit on the show and Washington Park Cemetery that will launch on March 3 at digital.wustl.edu/washingtonparkcemetery, with additional content added during the run of the exhibition. The digital exhibit will continue to be available after the exhibition ends on August 26.

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