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Photograph by:
Chester Higgins, American, born 1946  Search this
Subject of:
People of the Sun Middle Passage Collective, American, founded 1989  Search this
Unidentified Woman or Women  Search this
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (image): 6 5/16 × 9 9/16 in. (16 × 24.3 cm)
H x W (sheet): 6 15/16 × 10 in. (17.7 × 25.4 cm)
gelatin silver prints
Place captured:
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
A black-and-white gelatin silver print photograph of three women engaged in a memorial ritual for enslaved African ancestors of the Middle Passage during the annual event held by the People of the Sun Middle Passage Collective in Coney Island. The women, all wearing long white dresses, stand in knee-deep foamy waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Their heads are bowed, and they hold each other's hands. They are shown against a plain grey sky. The photograph is set in matte white backing with a printed white gallery label on the reverse.
African American  Search this
Christianity  Search this
Communities  Search this
Middle Passage  Search this
Photography  Search this
Prayer  Search this
Religion  Search this
Slavery  Search this
Spirituality  Search this
Women  Search this
Worship services  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Restrictions & Rights:
© Chester Higgins, All Rights Reserved
Permission required for use. Proper usage is the responsibility of the user.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
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Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture