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Reckoning With Enslavement: Post Memory & Reparations of the Soul
February 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The speakers will be:
- Peggy King Jorde – Ms. King Jorde is a Cultural Projects Consultant who has served under three NYC mayors, providing comprehensive oversight of all capital construction projects specific to New York’s cultural landmarks, public art, and art museums. She took the lead in advocating and shepherding the creation of New York’s African Burial Ground Memorial and Interpretive Centre. She is now an advocate, impact producer and film participant for a documentary on the fight to preserve the an African burial ground desecrated by ongoing development on Saint Helena Island, which she discussed in a recent United Nations forum. The site is considered a significant trace of the Transatlantic slave trade and an important marker of the Middle Passage. St. Helena is a British Territory located midway between Africa and the New World on the routes used by slave traders.
- Dr. Lorenzo Pace – Dr. Pace is an artist, author, master storyteller, performance artist, and lecturer. His sculptures, installations and performance art have received international acclaim and he has exhibited in galleries and museums all over the world, including New York City galleries, the National Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, AL, as well as galleries in China, Brazil, Senegal, Suriname, Peru, and France. In 1993, Dr. Pace was chosen to build a monument at New York City’s Foley Square paying homage to the 400+ African slaves originally buried on that site. His work resulted in a beautiful 300-ton granite sculpture named “Triumph of the Human Spirit.” A replica of the lock that shackled Pace’s great-great grandfather, Steve Pace, is a part of the base of the monument.
- Rodney Leon – Mr. Leon is Founder and Principal of Rodney Leon Architects PLLC. He is the designer of the African Burial Ground Memorial in New York City, which is the only National Monument in the United States dedicated to the contributions of people of African descent. He has been a Visiting Design Professor at Pratt Institute School of Architecture (1998 to 2003). He has served as 2nd Year Design Coordinator for Pratt in 2003 and is currently serving as an Adjunct Professor of Advanced Design since 2009.
Dr. Jack Tchen will moderate. Dr. Tchen is the Clement A. Price (Mellon) Professor of Public History & Humanities at Rutgers University – Newark, as well as the Director of the Clement Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture & the Modern Experience. Dr. Tchen founded the Asian/Pacific/American Program & Institute at NYU and co-founder of the Museum of Chinese in America. Recently, he founded the New York – Newark Public History Project (NYN PHP), funded by the Ford Foundation, which will reframe the history of the estuarial region, starting with the twined foundational histories of dispossession and enslavement (work emerging from serving as a Commissioner on the NYC Mayor’s Commission on Monuments).
This is part of the EAMC Virtual Programs for Black History Month, presented in partnership by the Enslaved African Memorial Committee and Teaneck Public Library.