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Letters to Bank of America

John Husley     |     May 25, 2015

Letters to Bank of America created by John Hulsey aligns itself with various versions of a people’s history or a history from below—literally by transforming key sites of economic power in the city of Boston into surfaces upon which records of individuals’ daily lives might be temporarily inscribed. Using a high-powered projector mounted on top of a van, the hand-written words of homeowners facing imminent eviction through foreclosure in the Greater Boston Area were projected onto the front facades of those financial institutions threatening them with displacement.

Two Plantations: Enslaved Families in Virginia and Jamaica

Richard Dunn, Dr. Vincent Brown     |     October 1, 2014

The website,, is the interactive companion to a book written by Dunn called A Tale of Two Plantations: Slave Life and Labor in Jamaica and Virginia, for release on Harvard University Press next month, (4 November 2014). Features on the site include intricate family trees of seven enslaved families, three from Mesopotamia and four from Mount Airy, with mini biographies of each person detailed, information about the 140 people from the families from Mount Airy appearing in the 1870 census taken shortly after the Civil War, and a stunning original hand-drawn family tree of alone lineage, created by Dunn.

HDS Exhibit Session Two

History Design Studio     |     June 5, 2014

Second session from the History Design Studio Exhibit

HDS Exhibit Session Two Discussion

History Design Studio     |     June 5, 2014

Second discussion from the History Design Studio Exhibit