A Spirit People: One View of the
Interfaith Pilgrimage of the Middle Passage
An online exhibit
All images and text copyright Skip Schiel, 2001
Like many before me traveling somewhere new, like Odysseus as he sought his way home, I searched for the truth of history-slavery and its resistance, apartheid and its end and the legacies of both in violence and poverty. The journey propelled me into a new zone of actively struggling for racial justice. For me, the Middle Passage Pilgrimage--the Middle Passage is the portion of the Atlantic slave trade from Africa to the Americas--was an avenue for traversing a treacherous landscape, with others, in prayer, supported by local communities, while my subsequent volunteered photography was a method of both giving and asking: giving to communities thru my skill, and asking they reveal to me and my camera their truths.
End result? Mystery, the book of mysteries.
|An exhibit of Skip Schiel's photographs about the Interfaith Pilgrimage of the Middle Passage in the southern United States was displayed at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in March and April 2000. Exhibits were also held this summer (2000) in Rochester NY and Smithfield RI as part of two Quaker gatherings.|
Rent this exhibit thru the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (if still available):
Ahmad Ward at
205-328-9696 x 234
award (at) bcri.org
(updated June 2002)