Co-curators Nona Martin (left)
and Margaret Hutto (right) confer with photographer John Ficara on
the final stages of the photography exhibit installation.
On view through April 30, Distant Echoes is
comprised of 60 photographic images taken by John Ficara which capture
signs of adversity
and endurance, poverty and self-determination.
Ficara’s photographic documentary includes African American farmers
from Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Alabama,
Louisiana and Michigan that chronicle a battle with economics and discrimination.
Commenting on the significance of the exhibit Margaret Hutto remarks,
"Land ownership has been a cornerstone for the advancement of
Farmer and the Black Family as a whole. It is vital that we as a nation
find a way to preserve this heritage for generations to come." Nona
R. Martin, Co-curator for the exhibition states, “Upon
Ficara’s beautiful images of African American farmers, I was convinced
that these photographs had to be seen by the American public."