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Beloved: Legacy of Slavery

Feb 01, 2021

In recognition of Black History Month, Midlands Technical College showcases the work of local artist Mary Burkett.

Beloved: Legacy of Slavery is a collection of portraits, simple pictures of 14 children, each captured in a single moment of time. Individually, the children are beautiful, and yet tragic in their own way. The weight in their faces and the burdens on their small shoulders is plain for us to see. Eleven of them were enslaved, and three were not, but practically speaking, they were all trapped in a world that was dominated by color and the accident of birth.

The exhibition was on display at the Harbison Theatre at MTC in 2019, and you can view the digital gallery right now.

Artist Mary Burkett speaks about her collection of portraits.