Dawning of a New Day. Angola Community, Florida, 2018, photo by Jeanine Michna-Bales

The Four Moments of the Sun: The Hidden Lands of Florida’s Maroon Communities

Jeanine Michna-Bales


Date + Time
February 12, 2020—
June 29, 2020
Reception: March 1, 2020 1:00 pm
Free and open to the public.
AIRIE Nest Gallery
Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center
Everglades National Park
40001 State Hwy 9336
Homestead, FL 33034
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The Four Moments of the Sun: The Hidden Lands of Florida’s Maroon Communities

Artists in Residence in Everglades, AIRIE, presents The Four Moments of the Sun: The Hidden Lands of Florida’s Maroon Communities, a solo exhibition by Jeanine Michna-Bales combining contemporary photography and historical objects, oral histories and educational text.

The story of Florida’s maroon communities is told through the lens of photographer and 2018 AIRIE Fellow Jeanine Michna Bales. Championing Florida’s liberated slaves through a timeline narrative: from slavery to freedom and through the life cycle, the exhibit is supported by oral histories, audio interviews and historical documents.

Florida’s Maroon Communities were bands of former slaves who had succeeded in establishing a society of their own in different areas of Florida including remote locations such as the Everglades, places where they could not easily be surprised by soldiers or slave catchers.

Michna-Bales’s contemporary photographs, along with archival texts about maroon communities are accompanied by maps and historical quotes sourced from period texts, including correspondence and newspapers. A large printed timeline provides context into the enigmatic photographs of locations where slaves once hid in the greater Everglades region. Personal accounts and interviews with descendants of Florida’s Maroon Communities will be looped in the gallery audio system, unfolding the unique heritage of Florida’s Historical Maroon Communities.

Curated by Deborah Mitchell.

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