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Raising Cain

Dedicated to Victoria, Peggy, Lucy, Suzette, Francoise, Marie Rose and the other unnamed women of the 1811 “rising.”

by kai lumumba barrow 

Raising Cain celebrates the role of enslaved women in the 1811 German Coast Slave Uprising. Using Community Book Center as a symbolic “hush harbor,” the window installation recalls the field as a site for clandestine planning where the rebels passed messages, developed secret codes and identified individual roles and duties. 

Visit the Community Book Center at 2523 Bayou Road in New Orleans to see the installation.