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Photo of Resident of Former Freedmen’s Town, Tamina, to Be Displayed at Smithsonian Gallery

Last year (March 18, 2014) we brought you the story of a photo exhibit that chronicled the lives of those living in Tamina, a former freedman’s town on the opposite side of I-45 from The Woodlands. The exhibit, by Houston photographer Marti Corn, was called The Ground On Which I Stand, and it was the […]

This image of Tamina resident Johnny Jones, by Houston photographer Marti Corn, will appear at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery March 12, 2016, through Jan. 8, 2017.
This image of Tamina resident Johnny Jones, by Houston photographer Marti Corn, will appear at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery March 12, 2016, through Jan. 8, 2017.

Last year (March 18, 2014) we brought you the story of a photo exhibit that chronicled the lives of those living in Tamina, a former freedman's town on the opposite side of I-45 from The Woodlands.

The exhibit, by Houston photographer Marti Corn, was called The Ground On Which I Stand, and it was the culmination of three years Corn spent getting to know the community of Tamina, photographing its residents and recording their oral histories.

Now, one of those photos has been selected to appear this spring at The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, as a part of the 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition March 12, 2016, through Jan. 8, 2017.

Back in 2014, Marti Corn told Michael Hagerty about the photo that was selected, a portrait of elderly musician – and Tamina resident – Johnny Jones, and why Tamina fascinated her.

MORE: Photo Exhibit Chronicles Life in Former Freedman's Town (Houston Matters, March 18, 2014)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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