About the Grant

$20,000 to support Carolyn Bryant Project (MAP 2016)
$4,500 to general operating support for CalArts Center for New Performance

About the Project

Collaborators Nataki Garrett and Andrea LeBlanc layer historical transcripts, video imagery, and re-imagined encounters to examine the exchange between Carolyn Bryant and Emmett Till in Mississippi in 1955.

Emmett “Bobo” Till, a 14-year old black youth, walked into a store in Money, Mississippi to purchase 5-cents worth of bubble gum from Carolyn Bryant, a 21-year old white mother of two. Within a few days, Till’s bloated body was found tied to a cotton-gin fan in a shallow part of the Tallahatchie River. There are several different accounts of what happened in those fateful minutes shared between Bryant and Till in the store. This project explores those accounts by concentrating on the active collective imagination, the diffused focus of shared experience and the silent voice of the “white rose” of the south.

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