Rice University's Media Center and curator Geoff Winningham host Marti Corn's photographic exhibit The Ground On Which I Stand as part of FotoFest. Freed from slavery, some of the precious few who were able to buy their own land created the community Tamina in 1871. Located along the railroad line between Houston and Conroe, the community's residents built their own churches, stores and schools, tilled the land, raised hogs and worked in the sawmills.
Today, Tamina is one of the few remaining freedmen towns in the United States. Others have fallen to gentrification. This settlement is historically significant because of its African American roots, and because it has survived Jim Crow legislation, the depression, the civil rights movement and gentrification.
The Ground On Which I Stand features portraits of 12 people, their families and their community, along with their stories told in their own voice. Their stories tell of a deep-rooted kinship with one another, with their values resting on family and community.
Also being shown in this exhibit are portraits made by children of the Tamina Community Center, where Marti Corn and Ben DeSoto taught 32 children photographic skills to explored their heritage.
On view through April 15.