Memorial to Our Ancestors: The Ancestors' Garden at the International African American Museum (Hardcover)

Memorial to Our Ancestors: The Ancestors' Garden at the International African American Museum By Walter Hood, Grace Mitchell Tada, Joe Riley (Contributions by), Bernard Powers (Contributions by), Mabel O. Wilson (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Walter Hood, Grace Mitchell Tada, Joe Riley (Contributions by), Bernard Powers (Contributions by), Mabel O. Wilson (Contributions by)
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A broadly encompassing account of the International African American Museum's Ancestors' Garden designed by Walter Hood and its profoundly site-oriented development, and the museum's mission to illuminate the histories of the Africans forced into slavery.

Memorial to Our Ancestors documents one of the twenty-first century's most remarkable sites devoted to social justice, American history, and cultural memory: the Ancestors' Garden at the International African American Museum in Charleston, South Carolina. Located on the former site of Gadsden's Wharf, the point at which nearly half of all enslaved Africans arrived in North America, the site is not only integral to the museum's mission to share the stories of the African diaspora, but also makes palpable the history of the location and the legacy of those who disembarked there through a multifaceted exploration of the landscape.
Designed by acclaimed landscape architect Walter Hood, a 2019 MacArthur Fellow and newly named to the AD100, the development of the Ancestors' Garden came forth from an immersion in some of the most uncomfortable facts of American history. Drawing from the stories of sites in and around Charleston significant to the history of slavery and
African Americans--starting with Sullivan's Island, where slave ships were held in quarantine before proceeding to Gadsden's Wharf, and ending at Mother Emanuel Church, the site of a 2015 mass shooting--Hood developed the key concepts to structure the museum grounds and this book.
Published in partnership with the International African American Museum just ahead of its early 2022 opening, Memorial to Our Ancestors will not only serve as an important volume providing insight into the conceptualization and creation of a remarkable and deeply meaningful landscape, but also exemplifies Hood's cutting-edge practice of designing public spaces and cultural institutions that embody the African American experience.

About the Author


Walter Hood is a landscape architect, public artist, and educator. As the founder and principal of Hood Design Studio, he creates urban spaces that resonate with and enrich the lives of current residents, while also honoring communal histories. Hood is a professor and former chair of Landscape Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award (2017), MacArthur Fellowship ("Genius" grant, 2019), Knight Public Spaces Fellowship (2019), and Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize (2019).

Grace Mitchell Tada is an independent scholar, writer, and journalist.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781580935845
ISBN-10: 1580935842
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
Publication Date: September 12th, 2023
Pages: 288
Language: English