The Importance of History: An amazing Investigation into Black Lives on Brooklyn Street January 28, 2017Posted by bohdan.warchomij in : Metaphor Online, New York Times , trackback
This amazing story from Annie Correal who finds an abandoned photo album on a street in Brooklyn and tracks down the family
who put it together highlights the importance of personal and local history to record what is lost on a daily basis.
Personal history is ephemeral, like people’s lives and can easily finish up on the trash heap.
Annie Correal’s personal adventure and perseverance has given us an eloquent insight into black lives
and a wonderful history lesson.
One night six years ago, on a quiet side street in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, I came across a photo album that had been put out with the trash. I lived around the corner, and I was walking home when I saw it sitting beneath a streetlamp on Lincoln Place.
It looked handmade, with a wooden cover bound with a shoelace. But it had been tied up with twine, like a bunch of old newspapers, and left atop a pile of recycling.