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Other Side of Wall Street

It’s 1625.

Cresting across the Atlantic Ocean is a Portuguese slave ship headed to South America that is seized by Dutch West India pirates. Eleven men are removed from the ship and taken to Manahatta – an island of many hills and home to First Nations. These souls serve as “company slaves”, building some of the major public works of New Amsterdam that still exists today. Working together, they learn a new culture and strategize to gain freedom in a new world constantly in flux. Other Side of Wall Street is their remarkable untold story of discover, resilience, and dream. Now available this summer as a walking tour and graphic novel series.

 WALKING TOUR

 

 


GRAPHIC NOVEL

Other Side of Wall Street Chapter One is now available for pre-order.

Black Gotham Salon Series

The Black Gotham Salon Series

The Black Gotham Salon Series are gatherings held to raise funds, gain friends, and discuss the ideas behind the Black Gotham Experience in an intimate setting. Each salon is hosted by a champion of the Black Gotham Experience and features a behind the scenes view into the project by the founder and lead creative, Kamau Ware. The host selects a theme or topic and an aspect of the project they wish to highlight.

 

Salons are held at our Work/Space residency in the Seaport District.

192 Front Street | New York, New York 10038

Seaport District between Fulton Street and John Street; right next to the Broadway Tickets store. Train Access: A, C, 2, 3, 4, 5, J, or Z to Fulton Street.


Our firs salon event will be on Tuesday May 23rd 7pm-9pm and hosted by Advisory Board Member, Paula Greif. Tickets can be purchased below.

 

 


More on Salons

Salons started in Italy in the 16th century and began to flourish in the 17th and 18th century, particularly in France. The basis of a salon is an intimate place of equality where everyone can develop their intellect among participants gathered in a large room of the host, known as the salon. Most salon hosts have been hosted by prominent women who channeled these gatherings as an informal university and a space to share literary works in male dominated societies.

 

Credits

Black Gotham Experience is presented by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council as part of the River To River Festival 2017. River To River, a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council public engagement initiative, inspires residents, workers, and visitors in Lower Manhattan, by connecting them to artists, new ideas, and perspectives, and other art-lovers to demonstrate the role that artists play in creating vibrant, sustainable communities.
The Black Gotham Experience residency was made possible with special support provided by The Howard Hughes Corporation.

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Mission: the Black Gotham Experience celebrates the impact of the African Diaspora on New York City.

Gotham was a fictive name given to New York City in 1807 by writer Washington Irving based on an old English proverb meaning “Goat’s Town”. Irving created a fantasy origin story of New York that has become part of the soul of the City. Over a century later, DC comics adopted the title Gotham as the fictional name for the home of Bruce Wayne (Bat Man) making the name even more synonymous with New York City. Gotham a real yet imagined place that exists simultaneously in the same space and time as New York City. Black Gotham is the collective story of Black people that begins with being stolen off Portuguese slaves ships and brought to the shores of Manahatta by Dutch pirates in the 1620s and have impacted and shaped this archipelago metropolis ever since. The Black Gotham Experience is the greatest New York City story never told.

The Experience is a public and expansive journey that includes walking tours through New York’s Financial District and a developing series of graphic novels. This multi-dimensional experience is organized into three stories that revisit Manhattan in 1624 and traverse through the next three centuries: Other Side of Wall Street (1609-1699), Caesar’s Rebellion (1700 – 1781) and Citizen Hope (1782-1883). The experience is an intersection of innovative and established forms of visual storytelling that recover the African Diaspora’s impact on New York City that has been suppressed and forgotten for centuries.

An innocent question started this journey that is an exploration in four dimensions. We are a community of creatives connecting the past and the present for the future. We celebrate the legacy of a forgotten people whose lives inspire us to appreciate all the kinetic elements of history. This experience is available for anyone who is curious about the impact of the African Diaspora on New York City. You can join a walking tour. Gain insight through our essays. Watch the creative process. Embrace our journey. Join our journey. We are living the Black Gotham Experience.

[Pictured above Left to Right: Epperson, Trae Harris, Franck Juste, Sawdayah Brownlee, Kamau Ware, Lesley Ware, Tann Parker, and Charles Johnson] Photo Credit: Erika Kapin © 2016

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