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American Black Farmers Project

photo, john ficara with co-curators of exhibit overlooking exhibit installation
Co-curators Nona Martin (left) and Margaret Hutto (right) confer with photographer John Ficara on the final stages of the photography exhibit installation.

On view through April 30,
Distant Echoes is comprised of 60 photographic images taken by John Ficara which capture signs of adversity and endurance, poverty and self-determination. Ficara’s photographic documentary includes African American farmers from Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and Michigan that chronicle a battle with economics and discrimination.

Commenting on the significance of the exhibit Margaret Hutto remarks, "Land ownership has been a cornerstone for the advancement of the Black
Farmer and the Black Family as a whole. It is vital that we as a nation
find a way to preserve this heritage for generations to come." Nona R. Martin, Co-curator for the exhibition states, “Upon seeing John Ficara’s beautiful images of African American farmers, I was convinced that these photographs had to be seen by the American public."

Exhibition Schedule


January - November 2006
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, Baltimore, MD

Additional exhibition dates will posted as they become available.

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