About this Event
Remembrance as Resistance: Preserving Black Narratives features the replica of a Praise House with video (interior) and sound (interior and exterior) installations. A limited number of people can enter the Praise House at a time. A free ticket reserves your viewing time.
Walk-ups will be accommodated if there are open slots.
The Praise House is an indoor space. People are encouraged to wear masks according to CDC guidelines.
The Praise House and sound installation, along with the historic setting of the African American Burial Grounds, can be enjoyed outside.
Accessibility: The project is wheelchair accessible. While people are encouraged to park outside the cemetery in the free parking lot, accessible parking is provided within the grounds for those who need it. Please contact us with questions or to make special arrangements at [email protected]
Parking: Free parking is available in the lot outside Oakland Cemetery's main gate at 248 Oakland Avenue @ MLK, Jr. Drive.
Directions: Signage will direct you to the project within the cemetery from any of the three cemetery gates.
About the project
The Ring Shout is a traditional African-American worship and gathering practice with origins in West African ritual and ceremony. The practice was reborn during enslavement in the West in resistance to laws prohibiting those enslaved from gathering, except for worship, and forbidding any form of cultural expression, including drumming. In response, those enslaved created Praise Houses throughout the Southeast. As an act of resistance, congregants gathered in circle to stomp or shout (full body rhythmic movement) upon the wooden floors, ultimately creating a communal drum, secretly preserving traditions. These spaces were the first Black churches in the West.
Remembrance as Resistance celebrates the endurance of these traditions in contemporary dance, music, and spoken word as testament to the resilience of a people. The project will open on Juneteenth, which celebrates the emancipation of those who were enslaved in the United States, and will run through July 11, 2021.
Photo of Charmaine Minniefield by Scott Lowden Photography
To learn more about the project, please visit fluxprojects.org.
To learn more about Oakland Cemetery and the Historic Oakland Foundation, please visit oaklandcemetery.com.
Flux Projects thanks our Sponsors!
Flux Projects is funded by Mailchimp, the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, the Fulton County Arts Council under the guidance of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, Georgia Council for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, the LUBO Fund, the EMSA Fund, and The Imlay Foundation, as well as other corporate and individual supporters.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, United States