Marti Corn

Houston, TX
Johnny Jones
Pigment print, 2013
Collection of the artist

 

Over a four-year span Marti Corn photographed fourteen residents and their families in Tamina, Texas. Tamina, a freedmen’s town created in 1871, is one of the country’s few surviving emancipation communities. Recognizing its historic significance, Corn feels it is important to document the residents’ stories and everyday lives as gentrification becomes a growing risk. The resulting portraits represent the variety of individuals in this community—from those who have lived in Tamina for seven generations to those who are first-generation residents. About this portrait Corn says, “Johnny Jones’s father was a minister in Tamina for fifty years, and though he worked on the railroad all of his adult life, gospel singing is his passion.”