Title

Seeing is believing: Archival imagery and counter-narratives

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2015

Abstract

One by one, they emerge from the local archives. Singular black and brown faces, mixed among the seas of whiteness in class photographs, yearbook entries, black-owned newspapers, personal diaries, and more. Local historians had warned that these stories could not be found. And yet, there we were. One by one, two by two, church group by community picnic. The irony and tensions of being conspicuously unseen defines part of the black diasporic experience. This article employs archival photographs to construct a historical counter-narrative about the experiences of black communities in upstate New York. Using Ithaca, New York as a case study, I situate a “local” experience within African diaspora history.

Publication Name

Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage

Volume Number

4

First Page

172

Last Page

188

Issue Number

2

DOI

10.1179/2161944115Z.00000000027

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