Unraveling Miss Kitty’s Cloak is a site-specific sculptural installation that will be created for the Oxford, Georgia community. The art project remembers Catherine Andrew Boyd, an enslaved woman whjo was also known as Kitty. James Osgood Andrew, president of the Board of Trustees of Emory College enslaved Catherine Boyd in the early 1800s. In 1844 her ownership split the Methodist Episcopal Church along regional lines when Andrew refused to free her. The incident is considered a rehearsal for the Civil War. This installation remembers this very difficult historical event and also also remembers other enslaved persons in the Oxford-Covington community, including those enslaved by former presidents of Emory College.
The installation will consist of 4 to 9 fabric panels, approximately 7 feet by 40 feet, that incorporate photographs, the names of enslaved persons and documents uncovered in researching Catherine Boyd’s life. The artist will work with community residents to complete the panels, which will be installed at Old Church in Oxford, Georgia for a formal program on February 6, 2011. Thanks to Mark Auslander, many descendants of the former slaves who lived at Oxford will attend the program, including the descendants of Catherine Boyd. To learn more about Miss Kitty and slavery and liberation in Oxford see the forthcoming book by Mark Auslander entitled: "The Accidental Slaveowner: Revisiting a Myth of the American South" described at http://www.theaccidentalslaveowner.com.
The installation is a part of Slavery and the University, Histories and Legacies a conference that will be held at Emory University Conference Center Hotel in Atlanta, GA, February 3-6. This conference--the first of its kind--brings together scholars, community partners, staff, administrators and students for the purpose of sharing research, teaching, and learning across the hierarchies of academic life and beyond. To learn more please visit: http://transform.emory.edu
I am raising funds to complete this project. The money will be used to pay for materials, gas, food, lodging, installation of the artwork and documentation by a videographer and photographer. There are many components to the project including performance and oral histories. I will be videotaping interviews with community residents and developing a short film. My former students are working with me on this project and a portion of the funds will enable me to pay them for their work. In other words, I'm creating much needed jobs. Thanks in advance for supporting this important community project. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!!!
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