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Praise House


Praise HouseIn partnership with Atlanta artist activist Charmaine Minniefield and with support from the National Endowment for the Arts' Our Town program, Emory Arts presents the Praise House project.

From 2021-2023, the Praise House project will place site-specific art installations in three separate locations throughout the metro Atlanta area, uplifting the African-American history of each community. At Emory, a Praise House will be erected in conjunction with upcoming symposium, In the Wake of Slavery and Dispossesion: Emory, Racism and the Journey Towards Restorative JusticeDuring its stay on campus, the Praise House public art installation will be activated with performances and exhibitions.

The Praise House Project is presented by Emory Arts in collaboration with the Carlos Museum and the Stuart A. Rose Library.

Praise Houses were small, usually wooden structures commonly used for worship by enslaved peoples across the American Southeast. As an act of resistance, congregants would gather in circle to stomp or shout upon the wooden floors, performing what was known as the Ring Shout (full body rhythmic movement). This act ultimately created a communal drum—secretly preserving their cultural identity and traditions.

South View Cemetery Praise House

September 25, 2021 - Juneteenth 2022

Visit the South View Cemetery website for location, hours, and more information on the cemetery's history. 

Programming:

1906 atlanta race massacre anniversary
Saturday, September 25, 4-7 PM

Grand opening of the Praise House Project, featuring artist Charmaine Minniefield and theatrical presentation, "1906," honoring the 115th anniversary of the Atlanta Race Massacre

reunion: remembering our history, our family and our community
Sunday, October 24, 2-5 PM
One day celebration and Family Reunion in honor of the African American history of the City of Atlanta featuring music, artist talks, march and Ring Shout

Indigo Prayers

November 13, 2021 - May 22, 2022

A solo exhibition by Charmaine Minniefield at Emory's Michael C. Carlos Museum. Visit the Carlos Museum website for more information.