Journey Into the Past, by RaMell Ross

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Photographs of Return to Origin, a mixed-media artwork by RaMell Ross, which was exhibited earlier this year at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, in New Orleans. In October 2021, Ross shipped himself from Rhode Island to Alabama inside the crate pictured below. The trip was inspired by Henry Box Brown, who escaped from slavery in 1859 by sealing himself in a box and mailing it to abolitionists in Philadelphia. During Ross’s fifty-nine-hour journey, he composed what he calls “The Black Dictionary (aka RaMell’s Dictionary)” on the interior walls of the crate.

Photographs of Return to Origin, a mixed-media artwork by RaMell Ross, which was exhibited earlier this year at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, in New Orleans.Photographs of Return to Origin, a mixed-media artwork by RaMell Ross, which was exhibited earlier this year at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, in New Orleans.


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