17-19 June 2016

Searcher is a public light meditation on the former grounds of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre (now John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation Park). Installed for three nights at the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation Park from June 17-19th, the piece poetically bridges two historical events: the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 and "Juneteenth."

Searcher illuminates the park after dusk for a few hours each night and is a symbolic search for those who were never accounted for after the riot, missing persons who fled or whose death were covered in mass burials or other means. Additionally, Campbell wanted to think about "Juneteenth" and the messenger who didn't make it to deliver the news of freedom with the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. While searchlights are now co-opted for advertising, historically searchlights were used in periods of war to signal allies or enemies.

John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation Park, 322 Greenwood Ave, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74120
info [at] jhfcenter [dot] org

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Crystal Z Campbell is an UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts MFA Alumna. For more about her work, please visit:

Image is courtesy of the Artist.