The Gatekeeper

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The Gatekeeper is the story of Sherry Williams, founder of the Bronzeville Historical Society (BHS).  Bronzeville is the first African-American community in Chicago during the Great Migration.  The Bronzeville Historical Society give tours and houses an archive of memorabilia from the Bronzeville community.

The installation is housed within Faheem Majeed’s Shacks & Shanties project and the structure contains tintypes made from family photographs in the BHS archive.  A reconstructed video projection of Sherry giving a nature tour to youth in Calumet, IL is on view from the window in the shack.  The video was shot by a child on the tour with a cellphone.