“The Thirteen,” an Exhibit and Live Music/Spoken Word Performance Paying Homage to Thirteen Black Women Lynched in Kentucky.

Image by Angel Pew.

The Morlan Gallary on the campus of Transylvania University in central Kentucky is currently hosting the exhibit “The Thirteen,” a visual art exhibition and live musical/spoken word performance paying homage to thirteen black women and girls who were lynched or otherwise violently murdered in Kentucky.

According to the university, “The exhibit will feature photographs and video by Angel Clark as well as pieces by Bianca Spriggs including original poetry, pen and ink drawings, and resin skulls.”

Bianca Spriggs is a multidiscipliarny artist living, member of the Affrilachian Poets and Cave Canem Fellow, exxplains the inspiration for the exhibit:

“During the late 19th-early 20th centuries, thirteen Black women and girls were lynched or otherwise violently murdered in Kentucky. The connection between political conflict and violence against women as a mode of ethnic cleansing is unmistakable. In remembering these women and calling out their names, we can now include their deaths as a recognizable part of the pattern of xenophobia which persists today worldwide. Ultimately, we wish to pay homage to these thirteen women and girls by celebrating their lives and their role in our shared state and national history.”

A live performance accompanying the piece will take place on January 23, 7:30-9 p.m. in the Carrick Theater, located in the Mitchell Fine Arts Center at Transylvania University. This performance will feature performances by an ensemble of twelve Kentucky musicians and vocalists along with spoken word poetry from Bianca Spriggs. Everyone is invited to attend. Cash donations will be accepted after the performance.

Click here to see more images from the exhibit and to learn more about Bianca, Angel, and the exhibit. The exhibit will be on display through February 15th. You can read more about Sprigg’s work here.