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Magic, Mirth, and Mortality

Musings on Black Motherhood

April 1 - 30, 2022

The Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center (LMCC), St. Augustine Historical Society (SAHS), and Crisp-Ellert Art Museum (CEAM) are pleased to present a multi-institutional exhibition and panel series “Magic, Mirth, and Mortality: Musings on Black Motherhood” in April 2022. Both the exhibition and panel series are inspired by the lived experiences of writer, curator, wife and mother Shawana Brooks, and celebrates the resilience of Black mothers through the lens of visual art by Cheryl McCain, Marsha Hatcher, and Tatiana Kitchen, literary art, and historical and archival objects.

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Exhibition Venues

St. Augustine Historical Society, Tovar House, 14 St. Francis Street, St. Augustine, FL (T: 904-824-2872; E: Hours: 10 am - 5 pm, daily

Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center, 102 ML King Avenue, St. Augustine, FL (T: 904-824-1191 E: Hours: 10:30 am - 4:30 pm, Tues-Sat

Related Programs

Tuesday, April 12, 2022, 6-7:30 pm

Panel Discussion with Dr. Martha Bireda, Shawana Brooks, and Dr. Lori Lee

Dr. Martha Bireda, Scholar and Director of Blanchard House Museum of African History and Culture, will join Writer and Curator Shawana Brooks, and Dr. Lori Lee, Associate Professor of Archeology and Anthropology in a discussion that will focus on Black maternal health through a historical lens.

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Artist Panel

Saturday, April 23, 6-7:30 pm

Shawana Brooks, Cheryl McCain, Marsha Hatcher, and Tatiana Kitchen

The artists included in the exhibition will lead a panel discussion to discuss their work in relation to the exhibition, historical representations of Motherhood in art, and issues around the representation of BIPOC women artists within the fields of visual and literary art.

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Funding for this program was partially provided through a grant from Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

“Magic, Mirth, and Mortality: Musings on Black Motherhood” is supported in part by grants from The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida and the St. Johns Cultural Council.