Friday, October 3, 2014

John Harrods Legacy and Eastern Market

African proverb
"Until the lion  writes its own history the story of the past
will only be told by the hunter"

John Harrod: Founder


Think of the above and below words as metaphors.
Langston Hughes

Note on Commercial Theatre

You’ve taken my blues and gone—

You sing ’em on Broadway

And you sing ’em in Hollywood Bowl,

And you mixed ’em up with symphonies

And you fixed ’em

So they don’t sound like me.

Yep, you done taken my blues and gone.
But someday somebody’ll

Stand up and talk about me,

And write about me—

Black and beautiful—

And sing about me,

And put on plays about me!

I reckon it’ll be

Me myself!


Recently, I told a story of one of my oldest and most cherished memories of my mother. She was taught that folk who looked like her had no history.
 In that remembrance, I  saw my mother watching Congresswomen Barbara Jordon  on T.V. during  the impeachment hearing, for then President of the United States: Richard Nixon. Congresswomen Jordon spoke about faith, in this instance of The Constitution of the United States.  She stated, "My faith in the Constitution is whole, it is complete, it is total.  I am not going to sit here and be an idle spectator to the diminution, the subversion, the destruction of the Constitution."  And that is how I feel about "History".  I believe that the recording of history has a value far beyond what one can perceive.   I believe in the importance of the history of the common, everyday, ordinary folk.  After all I am one of them.

                                                        {The Danger of a Single Story}

Angie Brunson , (" Blue Iris Flowers" Eastern Market)
kept the Plaque Honoring John Harrod  (Founder of Market 5 Gallery and The Flea Market at Eastern Market) in her stand inside the market for years.  This plaque was payed for by the Exhibitor Community at Eastern Market as well as others.

The Mayor's public schedule

Friday, October 3, 2014

10:00 amJohn W. Harrod Memorial Plaque Dedication at Eastern Market
Eastern Market 225 7th Street SE (Media: Open)
Mayor to Offer Remarks
October 3, 2014...almost ten years after the passing of Mr. Harrod,  The plaque honoring his many contributions to...The World, The Nation, The District of Colombia, The Capital Hill community and his beloved north hall...: was unveiled and dedicated by The Mayor of the District of Columbia Vincent Gray and....

Mayor District of Columbia: Vincent Gray 

John Harrods son

Tom Rall (co- founder The Flea Market at Eastern Market )

Camille Mosley-Pasley 

 The Politicos

{The Danger of a single Story}

Former exhibitor and present assistant  ( The Flea Market at Eastern Market)

Mr. Harrods Family and his grandson 

        Grand Dame of the exhibitor "One of the first exhibitors at Market 5                                                               Gallery in the 1970's"

He was one of the original youth in Market 5 Galleries community programs in 1970s

Long time exhibitors Tom Bucci and Mai Ling with newer exhibitor Erika Rubel

Joe Snyder exhibitor ( one of the main forces behind the creating of the memorial plaque) with other exhibitors and community members

Kim Downes long term exhibitor

The unveiling...with John Harrod's daughter and son...

William Coates... he is not John's son, but John did ... and did and through folk like Mr. Coates who 
was part  of John's youth program in the 1970 - John Harrods legacy is assured.

Sonda T. Allen 

Turtle's Webb 

Monday, September 15, 2014

In What manner has your investigations been a contribution to the ...?

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:1

In a closed room...it had taken years to get to this place.  One is facing your jury...in ways understood and not you have picked these people to judge...your work.  One is defending-years of study. One is defending ones life.  After hours days weeks years of writing...the penultimate question is posed.  " In what manner has your investigations been a contribution to the study of...? 

One must chose a subject, a time period...one must have access to primary materials...one must...dare.




What ones knows. What one can prove.  What one takes on Faith.   What one believes to be true.  

In the vernacular..." so back in the day inside Market Five Gallery,  or  The Flea Market at Eastern Market or outside on the plaza in front of the flower stand "Blue Iris- Angie and Isiah's " one saw this man in the French beret painting away.  He would speak, but for conversation it was best to talk to his wife...she would tell you stories.  He would too - if in the right mood.  He was resolved too live and too work on his own terms...He had painted...his work was in the collections of...he was...he  had study at...with...he taught at...

So, later you wondered  "WHY" there was never stories written about...not just this man or that women. but this community.  You had been asked once  years before in that room...in front of  your jury "In what manner had your investigations been a contribution to the disciple of... the study of...to the field of...

So one of the stories that this man told was about having these patrons...

                                 National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution

Bill and Camille Cosby Loan Private Collection to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art Selected Works 

One of the world’s preeminent private collections of African American art never before seen in public will have its first public viewing later this year at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. “Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue” brings together artworks from two world-class collections: the National Museum of African Art and the William H. and Camille O. Cosby Collection. The exhibition, which opens at the museum Nov. 9 and remains on view through early 2016, is a major part of the museum’s 50th anniversary, celebrating its unique history and contributions toward furthering meaningful dialogue between Africa and the African diaspora.#CosbySmithsonian

Simmie Knox
Born 1935, United States
Portrait of Bill and Camille Cosby
The Collection of Camille O. and William H. Cosby Jr.
Photograph by David Stansbury, permission courtesy of the artist




Continents in Conversation

Bill Cosby’s Art Collection Joins African Art at Smithsonian

The New York Times

So back in the day at the same time he had painted or was painting...Mr. Knox and his wife were also holding it down and keeping it real at Market 5 Gallery and The Flea Market at Eastern Market.


Roberta Knox

                                                                Simmie Knox
*Tom Rall archives


To quote Chinua Achebe...

"There is that great proverb — that until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter."



Sonda Tamarr Allen

Turtle's Webb


                                                  The Danger of a Single Storyhttp://turtleswebbmyviewfromhere.blogspot.com/2011/08/danger-of-single-story-turtles-webb.html