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    This is the project I am most proud of: “just” a postcard. It takes the first small step to find more descendants. This postcard does not represe… Read More
    This is the project I am most proud of: “just” a postcard. It takes the first small step to find more descendants. This postcard does not represent black bodies, it does not prod local media, it does not wage war with the US military. It is the first step to recovering the stories of those who did not have the freedom to write their own. It is an accompaniment to Mr. Leon, his community, and all the other descendants yet to be found. While the postcards utilized traditional graphic design techniques and methods, they were borne of a relationship that was nourished by a mindset of openness and learning across differences. I showed Mr. Leon a preliminary design for the postcard. He was delighted, and shared that he had envisioned the same kind of image in a dream, and sketched it out for his daughter several years ago. We worked together, compiling information from the Cultural Resource Inventories, independent archival research, and Mr. Leon’s research from his book, On To New Orleans! to come up with the list of dates, parishes, plantations, and last names.1what was under the bike trails; cocktail With “just” a postcard, we found two descendants at the Second Louisiana Reconstruction Conference, organized by the Louisiana Public History Forum and hosted at Southern University in New Orleans. Neither descendant knew that their relative was interred underneath the Spillway until Mr. Leon gave a presentation and handed out the postcards at a table. We hope to find many more descendants by working through churches, schools, nursing homes, and other community groups in the River Parishes. The movement for commemoration will continue. Read Less
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