Wood, Acrylic, Canvas, Fabric
10' x 7' x 6'
(120.0” x 84.0” x 72.0”)
Location: University Library, Xavier University of Louisiana
New Orleans, LA
This piece serves a painful reminder of the historic ships that enforced the migration of enslaved African peoples from their homeland to a foreign, brutal new reality. These deplorable decades have taken a toll on the weathered ship, unable to even stand alone, dependent upon added planks and stands symbolizing the evolution and perpetuation of this system in order to disenfranchise their descendants long after freedom had been “granted.” One perpetuation is the mass incarceration of people of color, specifically African-Americans, as depicted in the model of Angola, a Louisiana plantation turned prison. An illustration of the modern plantation lay in the hull just as the bodies of the enslaved who enclose this scene were transported in the ship’s interior. This imagery is a physical representation of the horrible efforts taken by those who wish to maintain a racial divide amongst the peoples in this nation; however, if united, this ship can be forced to retire once and for all.
Xavier University of Louisiana Art Department
Xavier University Library
New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) and NOCCA Foundation
Kathleen McKinney and Barron Franks
Plaque by Awards Unlimited of Chalmette
Mixed Media Light Sculpture
5ft x 3ft x 6ft
The piece “NOLA Tricentennial Band” celebrates the 300 years of New Orleans history, music, and culture. This installation includes the six instruments used in a second line jazz band: the sousaphone, saxophone, bass drum, snare drum, trombone, and trumpet. Inspired by the culture of the second line. This piece represents the music so important to the city and how it touches everyone who listens to it.