On February 12 of this year, I read an article by Jonathan Franklin, a digital reporter on the News desk at National Public Radio here in the United States. The article, titled: Artwork from the Black Lives Matter memorial has a new home: the Library of Congress, lit a fire in me, and I immediately contacted Stephanie Stillo, Curator, Rare Book and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress, to see if she could arrange a conversation with the people involved with saving the artwork from the Black Lives Matter memorial.
Being the gracious lady she is and a regular guest on The Bookshop Podcast, Stephanie put me in touch with Aliza Leventhal, head of technical services in the Prints and Photographs Division at the Library of Congress; the same Aliza referenced in the NPR article. Aliza suggested I also speak with the two guardians of the fence, Nadine Seiler and Karen Irwin.
Nadine Seiler, is a Black Activist Curator and archivist, working to preserve the Black Lives Matter Memorial Fence Collection. She sidelines as a home organizer, in her spare time.
Karen is originally from Indiana but moved to NYC when she turned 40. She has been an actor, singer, entertainer, bartender. She became the stage manager for the resistance when she met Nadine and she has a Patreon account called The Karen Resistance.
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Artwork From The Black Lives Matter Memorial Has A New Home: The Library Of Congress, Jonathan Franklin
Black Lives Matter
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