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May 4 – September 9, 2012

Places for the Spirit

Traditional African American Gardens of the South

PHOTOGRAPHS BY VAUGHN SILLS


ROTUNDA GALLERIES

This exhibition showcases a stunning collection of photographs documenting African American folk gardens—and their creators—by fine art photographer Vaughn Sills.

These gardens found in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina represent an important element of American landscape that is quickly disappearing. Traveling through small southern towns and along dusty rural highways, Sills photographed over 150 traditional African American gardens between 1987 and 2005. In 2010, eighty of the images she produced for this series were published by Trinity University Press in her second book Places for the Spirit.

This exhibition is sponsored by AT&T Real Yellow Pages.
 

Oliver Nestus Freeman’s Yard, Wilson, North
Carolina,
2005, By Vaughn Sills. Courtesy of the artist.