Press Release

Procession by Thomas B. MortonAnnouncing We Shall Not Be Moved: Thomas B. Morton's
Photographs of 30 Years of ODUNDE

- a new exhibition at the Philadelphia Folklore Project

April 15, 2005. The Philadelphia Folklore Project announces the opening of the second exhibition in our new home. We Shall Not Be Moved: Thomas B. Morton's photographs of 30 years of ODUNDE will open on May 13th, 2005, from 5 - 8 PM at the Philadelphia Folklore Project, 735 S. 50th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19143. An open house is also scheduled on May 14th from 9 AM to 3 PM. Both events are free and open to the public; all are welcome. Other hours this spring are by appointment, as the Folklore Project prepares to move. An grand opening will be held in the fall on September 24th. (There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer to help in finishing the refurbishing of the building, gardening).

Also on display this coming weekend will be If these walls could talk: The Bill and Miriam Crawford Dining Room. Taken by the Spirit by Thomas B. Morton Thomas B. Morton is a West Philadelphia photographer who has been documenting African diasporan experience, and cultural expressions from many communities in Philadelphia, the Caribbean, Colombia and elsewhere for more than 40 years. His work focuses on moments of significance and provide a powerful record of thirty years of ODUNDE here in Philadelphia.

On the second Sunday of every June, the ODUNDE African American festival draws 400,000+ people to streets near the foot of the South Street bridge. A procession to the Schuylkill, offerings to Oshun, a day of performances by a wide range of African-centered artists, an African marketplace, and many kinds of reunions are central to the day, which is now deeply knit into community life. On this 30th anniversary of ODUNDE, the photographs of Thomas B. Morton and the comments of founder Lois Fernandez mark the endurance of ODUNDE, its significant role in claiming the right of cultural self-definition and heritage, and its ongoing struggle for the right to gather annually in what was once an historic African American neighborhood.

A virtual version of the exhibition can be seen online.

The exhibition was curated by Debora Kodish from more than 3,000 images taken by Morton over three decades. Photographs were printed by Robert Asman and installed by Kim Tieger. The exhibition was partly supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative. For more information about the Philadelphia Folklore Project, or other spring programs - including tap performance by Germaine Ingram, storytellling with Linda Goss, and grants workshops for traditional artists - visit www.folkloreproject.org or call 215.726.1106.

*Photos of ODUNDE by Thomas B. Morton used with permission