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Flux Project presents Remembrance as Resistance: Preserving Black Narratives by Charmaine Minniefield

Sophie-Ann McCulloch

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ATLANTA, GA — Flux Projects is presenting Charmaine Minniefield's Remembrance as Resistance: Preserving Black Narratives. It is an event to honor the unmarked graves in Oakland's historic African American Burial Grounds. The event is from Saturday, June 19 to Sunday, July 11, 2021. This event has been to commemorate this year's Juneteenth.

Minnifield will celebrate the Ring Shout, a traditional African-American worship and gathering practice that comes from a West African ritual and ceremony before the slavery era. For Minnifield, Ring Shout is proof of a surviving contemporary dance, music and spoken word as a testament from a resilient people.

At Oakland's Cemetery at 248 Oakland Ave SE, visitors can take a look at a replica of a Praise House built from the wooden structure that was used for worship. A video projection and sound installation for the Ring Shout will be installed inside the Praise House.

There will be no ticket admission for this event. Prospective participants may visit https://oaklandcemetery.com/event/praise-house/ for online registration and information about the hours. There will be walk-ups registration if still open slots are still available.

Here are some information to note for participants:

  1. The Praise House is an indoor space so participants need to wear masks as per to CDC guidelines.
  2. The sound installation in the Praise House and the historic setting of the African-American Burial Grounds can be enjoyed outside.
  3. Those with mobility issues are allowed to contact Flux Project to make special arrangements at info@fluxprojects.org
  4. The parking area will be outside Oakland Cemetery's main gate.
  5. There will be signage that direct visitors to the project from any of the three cemetery gates, the main gate at 248 Oakland Avenue, East Gate and Memorial Drive Gate.

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