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The Slave Cabin Project with Ifé Franklin: Hands-on Workshop

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Royall House and Slave Quarters

15 George Street

Medford, MA 02155

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Teaching artist Ifé Franklin will guide workshop participants in creating small cabin-like structures of their own design to take home with them. Participants will work with fabric, shells, raffia, beads, and buttons to creatively interpret these miniature dwelling spaces.

Using the artist’s Indigo Project for inspiration, these small creations are reminiscent of slave cabins, designed to honor the ancestral spirits of Africans who were enslaved throughout colonial America. Ms. Franklin describes them as “wishes or gifts to the spirits of these ancestors, who never had a home of beauty, or even a home of their own.” She has led similar workshops as the featured guest artist at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

A graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Ifé Franklin has worked as a professional artist for more than 25 years. She specializes in indigo-dyed textiles, using resist and dyeing techniques from West African culture. Ms. Franklin has taught textile and other art forms at the Eliot School for Applied Arts and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has exhibited her work in solo and group shows at several Boston-area galleries and her indigo-dyed fabric-wrapped “Slave Cabin” is part of the Fitchburg Art Museum’s permanent collection.

Ms. Franklin will lead a 2-hour workshop for up to 20 participants. Children ages 7-12 are welcome, but must be accompanied by a registered adult. The workshop will include a brief museum tour and light refreshments.

Fee is $10/person for RH&SQ or Historic New England members and $15/person for all others. Preregistration is required.

This program is co-sponsored by Historic New England and supported in part by a grant from the Medford Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

PLEASE NOTE: At 1:00 p.m. Ifé Franklin will read from "The Slave Narrative of Willie Mae," her powerful new book centered on her great-grandmother's journey from enslavement to freedom. Details at www.facebook.com/events/993745544161265

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What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The Royall House and Slave Quarters is located at 15 George Street in Medford, Massachusetts, just outside of Medford Square, near the intersection with Main Street and next to Royall Park.

By car: Route 93 to exit 32. West on Route 60 to second light (Medford Square). Turn left onto Main Street. Bear right at Mobil Station to stay on Main Street and proceed to blinking yellow light. Turn right onto George Street; the museum is on the right, just past the park. Free on-street parking is available on George Street and other nearby streets; please obey signs regarding resident permit restrictions.

Public transportation: MBTA Buses 96 from Harvard Square and 101 between Sullivan Square and Malden Station stop at the corner of Main and George Streets.


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