“But what of Black women?...I most sincerely doubt if any other race of women could have brought its fineness up through so devilish a fire.” – W.E.B. Du Bois
“Soul(s) of…” is a project that archives people's histories as the landscapes of their neighborhoods change so their stories and the culture they create may never be forgotten. The two components of this project include 16-20 digital collage portraits of Black women living in gentrified communities, and an interactive online archive of their stories. The archive will provide a glimpse of what was and create a community among folks who have similar experiences.
2018 is the 150th anniversary of W.E.B. Du Bois’ birth year. The title of the series is paying homage to Du Bois, who often wrote about how extraordinary Black Americans are in the face of oppression.