Tamina is one of the few remaining emancipation communities in the United State. It's thought to be the oldest freedmen’s town in Texas. Freed slaves, a handful of whom had funds to buy their own land, created this community in 1871. They built their own churches, schools and businesses, tilled their land, and worked in the flourishing lumber industry. Their stories reveal a deep-rooted kinship, with values centered on family and community. Regardless of the challenges these people have faced, their faith, gratitude, and humor always thread their tales.
The portrait, “Johnny” (the image of the man in the plaid coat) was on display at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery during January 2017.
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Prints are available 11" x 17" on 13" x 19" on Moab Entrada paper. Archival pigment prints. Editions of 10. For purchasing information, contact Marti Corn
The Ground on Which I Stand, a collection of portraits and landscapes, along with the oral histories of 14 people and their families is published by Texas A&M Press. For an autographed copy, please contact Marti Corn.