The historical value of Africatown's Hog Bayou was carved in stone long before the Oil Barons of the world discovered Africatown's valuable wetlands. Africatown's Hog Bayou will forever be known as the place in Mobile where the "African" slaves taught the "American" slaves how to feed themselves and their loved ones after slavery had ended. The last recorded shipment of slaves to arrive in America landed aboard the slave ship Clotilde in 1860. The Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863, freeing all slaves.more
Welcome to Bridge The Gulf Project
Since 2010, I've followed the development of Margaret Brown’s documentary The Great Invisible, which explores the BP disaster with great care, artistry and respect through the eyes of people on many sides of the issues, from survivors of the rig explosion to unemployed seafood workers and representatives of government and industry. Brown was drawn to the story when her father sent her photos of oil boom lining the bay near her childhood home in Mobile, Alabama.more
Brandon Ballengée wears many hats. And, as a visual artist, biologist and environmental activist, he often wears them simultaneously.
According to his website, he, “creates transdisciplinary artworks inspired from his ecological field and laboratory research.”
As Ballengée explains, “I’m kind of a strange hybrid mix between an artist and a biologist.”more
Byron Encalade grew up on the East Bank of the Mississippi River in Southeast Louisiana’s Plaquemines Parish, raised on a farm on land where his father still lives. He longs for the days when a guy could put in an honest day’s work and still survive. “I really can’t explain how bad it is,” he said, looking across the desolate marina.more
BRIDGE THE GULF is a community media project that lifts up the voices of Gulf Coast communities working towards justice and sustainability.