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Sweeping The Underground Railroad For History's Sake

Sweeping is a universally human activity. I began thinking about the act of sweeping a few years ago when I was in Indonesia. One day I saw a...

Sweeping is a universally human activity. I began thinking about the act of sweeping a few years ago when I was in Indonesia. One day I saw a couple working on a farm. They had set rice out to dry, and were busy sweeping it into piles. Although I know almost nothing about farming, and less about growing rice, something in that act was familiar. I began to think about ways in which simple everyday labors connect us, and connect us throughout history. Sweeping is something we all do because it’s an act of cleaning and caring for our spaces. I see it as a way to honor or pay homage to the past, to mark a space, without leaving a permanent mark, and so I’m sweeping across Will County, Illinois, to do just that.

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