History and Memory in the Artwork of Daniel Minter, a Talk and Freedom Trail Walk

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Portland artist and Freedom Trail founding director, Daniel Minter, joins us to share his process of turning history into art, and to lead us on a Portland Freedom Trail walk. Using archetypes, symbols, icons, and folklore steeped in the context of African American and African Diaspora culture, Minter’s paintings, block prints, sculpture, and other media are a study of the many ways in which memory is embedded into our past, present and future.

In addition to creating the markers for the Freedom Trail, Minter is the illustrator of several children's books including Ellen's Broom, which won the 2013 Coretta Scott King Award for illustration. He created the 2004 and 2011 Kwanzaa stamps for the U.S. Postal Service. Bring a lunch to eat at MHS during the talk—we’ll provide beverages and dessert—and good walking shoes for the 45 minute trail walk.