Most know Jamelle Bouie for his cultural and political criticism in Slate, The Nation, The Daily Beast and most recently, as columnist for the NY Times and political analyst for CBSNews. If you follow him on Instagram, you also know that he is a photographer, primarily of the American landscape. In his first exhibition ever,  the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center presents a series of images taken by Bouie on a recent trip to Oklahoma to photograph the remains of African American towns founded after Emancipation. Oklahoma in this period boasted the largest number of such spaces with the most well known being Tulsa. In 1921, the area known in Tulsa as Black Wall Street, was burned to the ground by armed white rioters. The Cities that Bouie represents are not as infamous as Tulsa, however like Tulsa they were formed when African Americans left the South in droves to escape the oppressions of the aftermath of enslavement. There were more than fifty towns created by these people of which only 13 remain. Bouie captures the remnants of these largely agricultural places in haunting, yet stately images of buildings and streets.

The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Robert & Valerie Mosolgo and Albemarle Magazine.

Upcoming dates

Download schedule


  • Starting Monday, May 20th, 2019, repeats every day until Saturday, July 13, 2019 — all day