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‘Our Reflective History’ will celebrate historic Black neighborhoods 

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Art by Tiffany Baker

A walkable art installation, ‘Our Reflective History,’ will celebrate the history and people of the Rochester Heights and Biltmore Hills neighborhoods.

Rochester Heights, a historic district, was built after World War II for Black families, and the streets are named after famous African Americans of that era, according to the Raleigh Historic Development Commission.

There’s an event this Saturday from 12-3 p.m. with artist Tiffany Baker, collecting portraits of neighbors, music, a food truck and updates. [details + register]

Art by Tiffany Baker

The installation will be in place later this spring on Bailey Drive and it will be a permanent part of the Bailey Drive Gateway at Walnut Creek Wetland Park.

According to the project site, “Bailey Drive Gateway is a 10-acre wooded site in a low-lying area of the Rochester Heights neighborhood in Southeast Raleigh. It is the southernmost portion of the Walnut Creek Wetland Park.”

Art by Tiffany Baker

Artist Tiffany Baker shared some of the images, below, including that of Dr. Norman Camp, an activist for environmental justice, working to address chronic flooding and other issues in the area. The Walnut Creek Wetland Center bears his and Betty Camp’s name.

Learn more:
🎧 Listen to oral histories or read transcripts
📍  See a map of the upcoming project

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UPDATED JULY 14: Bailey Drive Art Reveal: A walkable temporary art exhibit will share the stories and rich history of Biltmore Hills and Rochester Heights neighborhoods in Southeast Raleigh. 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Bailey Drive entrance to Walnut Creek Wetland Park.[info]

Author: raleighconvergence

Sarah Day Owen Wiskirchen is the editor of Raleigh Convergence.

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