Green Bay Elementary JG

In 1963, civil rights activist and graduate student Edward Peeples photographed the closed schools of Prince Edward County in a documentary fashion as part of his masters thesis. I have rephotographed his images of the schools fifty years later. His thesis was based on the awareness of a civil rights injustice that was happening in the county and much the same, my project began with the realization that the county is still affected by the school closings. In the last fifty years some of the buildings have been repurposed, finding a new life, while others have been reclaimed by the land that they once stood upon. My rephotographing of these sites shows the effects of time and unseen events on these landscapes.

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