Leroy Neiman Arts Center, 2785 Frederick Douglass Boulevard
Friday, November 11, 6-9, Opening Reception
Mildred Harris Jackson was born in Darlington, South Carolina and raised in Harlem. She is ninety years old. At the age of ten, her father, Eddy Early Harris, bought her a Kodak box camera, and she began to capture her family and the streets of the “Black Capital of the World” through the camera’s lens. The pictures she took, during the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, are an important chronicle of Harlem’s social history, and include events at the famed Savoy Ballroom, her sister’s wedding at Mt Olivet Baptist Church, and family outings in Central Park.
“The Harrises of Harlem” draws from her archive, which also includes a James Vanderzee portrait of her baby brother. Ms. Jackson's collection includes her great grandfather, who was born during the slavery era. Her great grandmother, Amanda Jackson, was a slave who had the unusual honor of having an ornate headstone, which was photographed by another family member.
A retired educator, Ms. Jackson is also a painter, and three of her works will be presented in this show.
An Indigogo Campaign To Help Fund An Important, Necessary Documentary Film
Produced by Jamal Joseph, TRUTH2POWER, and While We Are Still Here
October Date TBD
Presentation of video, produced by Truth2Power Films and While We Are Still Here.
When Sugar Hill Was Sweet received the support of the New York Council for the Humanities, the Office of the Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and the Office of City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez