“Eminent Domain/Displaced”

"We Lived Here: A Community Panel"; "Imagining Our Domain" workshop

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The Griot Museum of Black History in collaboration with the Center for the Humanities presents Eminent Domain/Displaced.

Friday, October 6

6:30–8:30 pm: Opening Reception/Gallery Talk with artist Matt Rahner

Eminent Domain/Displaced  An installation of multimedia imagery of place, portraiture, landscape, and appropriated space that explores how the use of eminent domain contributed to the disappearance of three Missouri communities: Wendell-Phillips (Kansas City), Mill Creek Valley and St. Louis Place (St. Louis). Salvaged objects, photographs, oral interviews, archival materials and more explore the impact of displacement on these communities. Eminent Domain is co-curated by Matt Rahner, Assistant Professor of Art at Missouri Valley College, and Lois D. Conley, Founder of The Griot Museum of Black History. Exhibit runs from October 7–November 20, 2017.

Saturday, October 7

10:30 am–12:00 pm: We Lived Here: A Community Panel


Sheila Rendon, displaced St. Louis Place resident

Charlesetta Taylor,  displaced St. Louis Place resident

Ameena Powell, displaced Wendell-Phillips resident

Vivian Gibson, spoken word artist and former Mill Creek resident

Ruth Marie Johnson-Edmonds, displaced Mill Creek resident

Patricia Lee, Associate Professor, Saint Louis University Law School and legal expert on eminent domain process in St. Louis

Margaret Garb, Professor of History, Washington University

12:00–1:00 pm: Lunch (provided; please RSVP to reserve a lunch)

1:00–3:30 pm: Imagining Our Domain

An interactive, family friendly, hands-on community engagement workshop where participants are encouraged to explore the history and current conditions of St. Louis Place and brainstorm ideas for the neighborhood’s future, moderated by Andrew Hurley, professor of history at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and Lois Conley, founder of the Griot Museum

3:30–4:00 pm: Closing Remarks: Where do we go from here?

Presented with support from:
The Missouri Humanities Council, Regional Arts Commission, Missouri Arts Council, Saint Louis Art Museum, and University of Missouri Departments of History and Museum Studies