When Edward Merced enrolled in Jones High School in Orlando at sixteen years old, administrators wanted to place him in ninth grade. He had just moved up from Miami, where he had bounced from school to school (at least twenty elementary schools, he remembers). The inconsistencies in his educational background meant that he, quite possibly, […]
Brianna Collins sat on a bench at Ivey Lane Park one evening, adjusting her braids to fit into her graduation cap. Then, she stood and sashayed down the sidewalk, staging a mock graduation ceremony for herself. The 17-year-old had been making the most of the cap at home, and so had her younger siblings. “They […]
Under every protective mask lies a smile. People across the country are sending in pictures of images of their smiles in the midst of COVID. Check out some of the images we have received and the responses from people to the question, “What makes you smile?” Send us your pictures to blackmaryexhibit [at] gmail [dot] […]
Local art matters. The Black Mary Exhibit was thankful to join more than a dozen artists at the 11th Annual Hannibal Square Heritage Center Folk & Urban Art Festival, which was broadcast via Facebook live for the first time. The event featured conversations with artists, a short virtual living room tour of the exhibit.
We are excited to bring to you limited edition prints of the photographs from this traveling exhibit. Please contact us for access to our online Gallery. The proceeds will support the continuation of our work, in partnership with other local organizations.
Community participation in this project has been phenomenal, with responses coming in from local residents and international travelers. Check out some of the responses we received:
The exhibit debuted in Orlando in February, with a five-week display at the downtown Orlando Public Library. The exhibit features original images taken in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, and Orlando. For inquiries about receiving the exhibit at your institution, contact Renata Sago. Review our press coverage from CBS Orlando, Central Florida NPR, the Orlando Weekly, […]
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