U-SoA's Germane Barnes has been selected for a grant from the Graham Foundation

U-SoA's Germane Barnes has been selected for a grant from the Graham Foundation

By UM News

U-SoA's Germane Barnes has been selected for a grant from the Graham Foundation

By UM News
Germane Barnes tackles the fears of gentrification.

"Sacred Stoops: Typological Studies of Black Congregational Spaces, is an investigation of the porch and its role in the African-American community. The Porch is one of the most recognizable symbols in the history of the traditional American home. 

From historic Shotgun Homes in New Orleans to Bungalow Homes in Chicago, the porch has been a key space of congregation for African-Americans. Often viewed as an accessory to the main structure, this covered area shapes the narrative of many who utilize it. 

Operating as interstitial space, simultaneously public and private, the stoop has molded the perception of numerous black communities. Depending on vernacular and location, the porch manifests itself in many different ways. It is also an overt reminder of how racism and the built environment continue to shape this country. The porch is an important space for observation of collective identity and entry point to the home as well as issues of race, segregation, and spatial politics."

Read More