Richard Ansett

The Equal Justice Initiative Community Remembrance Project is a public acknowledgment of the hidden legacy of lynching in America. It is a tool of healing, recognising that all communities black and white suffer from trauma and damage from their differing relationships to a systematic violence intended to dehumanise and oppress the black community. The Community Remembrance Project recognises this as a legacy carried forward onto the black community but further recognises a residual legacy of perpetrator and bystander guilt affecting the white community that contributes to the obstruction of any future progress towards a contemporary reconciliation. It is the same recidivism born from a PTSD but passed down from generation to generation perpetuating cultural behaviours within but also beyond awareness that are preventative to progress of self and community. In this spirit, black and white communities were encouraged to address this previously unspoken shared history through the collection of soil from the 1000’s of sites of the murder of black people for a planned memorial museum in Montgomery, Alabama which opened in 2018.

These 6 soil samples taken at the the EJI offices in Montgomery, Alabama are a representative sample of the many jars collected in preparation for installation in the National Memorial for Peace and Justice . The names of the victims (or marked unknown) with dates and locations as captions are embedded in the images. The variations of texture and color of soil reflect the geographical extent of the terror.

The soil collection represents a form of literal, political and emotional reclamation. The seemingly valueless earth is imbued with new powerful meaning. ‘Blood and Soil’ echoed as a divisive right-wing chant that attempts to deny many an equal stake in the relationship to place and identity has been re-appropriated as a demand for the basic and equal right for all.

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The Equal Justice Initiative Community Remembrance Project is a public acknowledgment of the hidden legacy of lynching in America. It is a tool of healing, recognising that all communities suffer from trauma and damage from their differing relationships to a systematic violence intended to dehumanise and oppress. This initiative recognises this as a legacy carried forward onto the black community but further recognises a residual legacy of perpetrator and bystander guilt equally affecting the white community that contributes to the obstruction of any future progress towards a contemporary reconciliation. In this spirit, black and white communities are being encouraged to address this previously unspoken shared history through the collection of soil in special named jars from the 1000’s sites of the murders for a planned memorial museum in Montgomery, Alabama in 2018.

The typology of these 6 soil samples taken at the the EJI offices in Montgomery, Alabama represent just a few of the many jars collected in preparation for installation in the National Memorial for Peace and Justice . The names of the victims with dates and locations as captions are embedded in the work. The variations of texture and color reflect the extent of the terror statistically and geographically, as well as metaphorically representing the complexity and uniqueness of every life diminished by stereotype.

The soil collection represents a form of literal, political and emotional reclamation. What was valueless is imbued with new powerful meaning. ‘Blood and Soil’ echoed as a divisive right-wing chant denying many an equal stake in the relationship to place and identity has been re-appropriated as a demand for the basic and equal right for all.

Blog: No Photography Allowed

Blog: The Colonial Gaze

The Equal Justice Initiative Community Remembrance Project is a public acknowledgment of the hidden legacy of lynching in America. It is a tool of healing, recognising that all communities suffer from trauma and damage from their differing relationships to a systematic violence intended to dehumanise and oppress. This initiative recognises this as a legacy carried forward onto the black community but further recognises a residual legacy of perpetrator and bystander guilt equally affecting the white community that contributes to the obstruction of any future progress towards a contemporary reconciliation. In this spirit, black and white communities are being encouraged to address this previously unspoken shared history through the collection of soil in special named jars from the 1000’s sites of the murders for a planned memorial museum in Montgomery, Alabama in 2018.

The typology of these 6 soil samples taken at the the EJI offices in Montgomery, Alabama represent just a few of the many jars collected in preparation for installation in the National Memorial for Peace and Justice . The names of the victims with dates and locations as captions are embedded in the work. The variations of texture and color reflect the extent of the terror statistically and geographically, as well as metaphorically representing the complexity and uniqueness of every life diminished by stereotype.

The soil collection represents a form of literal, political and emotional reclamation. What was valueless is imbued with new powerful meaning. ‘Blood and Soil’ echoed as a divisive right-wing chant denying many an equal stake in the relationship to place and identity has been re-appropriated as a demand for the basic and equal right for all.

Blog: No Photography Allowed

Blog: The Colonial Gaze

The Equal Justice Initiative Community Remembrance Project is a public acknowledgment of the hidden legacy of lynching in America. It is a tool of healing, recognising that all communities suffer from trauma and damage from their differing relationships to a systematic violence intended to dehumanise and oppress. This initiative recognises this as a legacy carried forward onto the black community but further recognises a residual legacy of perpetrator and bystander guilt equally affecting the white community that contributes to the obstruction of any future progress towards a contemporary reconciliation. In this spirit, black and white communities are being encouraged to address this previously unspoken shared history through the collection of soil in special named jars from the 1000’s sites of the murders for a planned memorial museum in Montgomery, Alabama in 2018.

The typology of these 6 soil samples taken at the the EJI offices in Montgomery, Alabama represent just a few of the many jars collected in preparation for installation in the National Memorial for Peace and Justice . The names of the victims with dates and locations as captions are embedded in the work. The variations of texture and color reflect the extent of the terror statistically and geographically, as well as metaphorically representing the complexity and uniqueness of every life diminished by stereotype.

The soil collection represents a form of literal, political and emotional reclamation. What was valueless is imbued with new powerful meaning. ‘Blood and Soil’ echoed as a divisive right-wing chant denying many an equal stake in the relationship to place and identity has been re-appropriated as a demand for the basic and equal right for all.

Blog: No Photography Allowed

Blog: The Colonial Gaze

The Equal Justice Initiative Community Remembrance Project is a public acknowledgment of the hidden legacy of lynching in America. It is a tool of healing, recognising that all communities suffer from trauma and damage from their differing relationships to a systematic violence intended to dehumanise and oppress. This initiative recognises this as a legacy carried forward onto the black community but further recognises a residual legacy of perpetrator and bystander guilt equally affecting the white community that contributes to the obstruction of any future progress towards a contemporary reconciliation. In this spirit, black and white communities are being encouraged to address this previously unspoken shared history through the collection of soil in special named jars from the 1000’s sites of the murders for a planned memorial museum in Montgomery, Alabama in 2018.

The typology of these 6 soil samples taken at the the EJI offices in Montgomery, Alabama represent just a few of the many jars collected in preparation for installation in the National Memorial for Peace and Justice . The names of the victims with dates and locations as captions are embedded in the work. The variations of texture and color reflect the extent of the terror statistically and geographically, as well as metaphorically representing the complexity and uniqueness of every life diminished by stereotype.

The soil collection represents a form of literal, political and emotional reclamation. What was valueless is imbued with new powerful meaning. ‘Blood and Soil’ echoed as a divisive right-wing chant denying many an equal stake in the relationship to place and identity has been re-appropriated as a demand for the basic and equal right for all.

Blog: No Photography Allowed

Blog: The Colonial Gaze

The Equal Justice Initiative Community Remembrance Project is a public acknowledgment of the hidden legacy of lynching in America. It is a tool of healing, recognising that all communities suffer from trauma and damage from their differing relationships to a systematic violence intended to dehumanise and oppress. This initiative recognises this as a legacy carried forward onto the black community but further recognises a residual legacy of perpetrator and bystander guilt equally affecting the white community that contributes to the obstruction of any future progress towards a contemporary reconciliation. In this spirit, black and white communities are being encouraged to address this previously unspoken shared history through the collection of soil in special named jars from the 1000’s sites of the murders for a planned memorial museum in Montgomery, Alabama in 2018.

The typology of these 6 soil samples taken at the the EJI offices in Montgomery, Alabama represent just a few of the many jars collected in preparation for installation in the National Memorial for Peace and Justice . The names of the victims with dates and locations as captions are embedded in the work. The variations of texture and color reflect the extent of the terror statistically and geographically, as well as metaphorically representing the complexity and uniqueness of every life diminished by stereotype.

The soil collection represents a form of literal, political and emotional reclamation. What was valueless is imbued with new powerful meaning. ‘Blood and Soil’ echoed as a divisive right-wing chant denying many an equal stake in the relationship to place and identity has been re-appropriated as a demand for the basic and equal right for all.

Blog: No Photography Allowed

Blog: The Colonial Gaze

The Equal Justice Initiative Community Remembrance Project is a public acknowledgment of the hidden legacy of lynching in America. It is a tool of healing, recognising that all communities suffer from trauma and damage from their differing relationships to a systematic violence intended to dehumanise and oppress. This initiative recognises this as a legacy carried forward onto the black community but further recognises a residual legacy of perpetrator and bystander guilt equally affecting the white community that contributes to the obstruction of any future progress towards a contemporary reconciliation. In this spirit, black and white communities are being encouraged to address this previously unspoken shared history through the collection of soil in special named jars from the 1000’s sites of the murders for a planned memorial museum in Montgomery, Alabama in 2018.

The typology of these 6 soil samples taken at the the EJI offices in Montgomery, Alabama represent just a few of the many jars collected in preparation for installation in the National Memorial for Peace and Justice . The names of the victims with dates and locations as captions are embedded in the work. The variations of texture and color reflect the extent of the terror statistically and geographically, as well as metaphorically representing the complexity and uniqueness of every life diminished by stereotype.

The soil collection represents a form of literal, political and emotional reclamation. What was valueless is imbued with new powerful meaning. ‘Blood and Soil’ echoed as a divisive right-wing chant denying many an equal stake in the relationship to place and identity has been re-appropriated as a demand for the basic and equal right for all.

Blog: No Photography Allowed

Blog: The Colonial Gaze