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The Ground on Which I Stand Exhibit and Symposium

Lone Star College, Montgomery Campus, Texas
Open Monday - Friday, 10am-5pm. A closing reception with an artist talk and book signing will be held Friday, February 23 at noon.

In 1871, the community of Tamina was created by freed slaves fortunate enough to buy their own land. Along the railroad line between Houston and Conroe, Texas, community members built their own churches, stores, and schools, tilling land, raising hogs, and working in local sawmills. Today, Tamina survives as one of the United States’ few remaining emancipation towns, significant due to its African American roots and the overcoming of Jim Crow legislation, the depression, the civil rights movement, and modern gentrification. Though steeped in history, few words have been published about this vital, important place.

The Ground on Which I Stand is a compilation of oral histories gathered and portraits made of 12 families representing different aspects of this community—young and old, black cowboys, ministers, those who have created non-profits to help neighbors, folks whose families have lived in Tamina for seven generations, and first-generation Tamina citizens. Their stories describe a deep-rooted kinship with one another, with values resting on family and community. They share stories of poverty suffered, prejudice faced, their love for this community, and dreams for their future. Despite their many challenges, faith, gratitude, and humor always thread their tales. Also on view are portraits made by children of Tamina’s Community Center, where Corn and photographer Ben DeSoto taught 32 children photographic skills as they explored their heritage.