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AAHM&CC 2022 Art Recovery Report

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This post series is drawn from a July 2022 report documenting the condition of AAHM&CC artworks recovered and documented on April 10, 2022 at Public Storage on MLK.

On March 6, 2022, workers hired by the Urban League dismantled the African American Heritage Museum and Cultural Center (AAHM&CC) installations in the courtyard of the Colman School building at 2300 South Massachusetts Street. They cut into the modular shed housing the art studio and art storage. Many artworks in the shed were relocated to a locker at a Public Storage facility on Martin Luther King Jr Way S at I-5. Some artworks were not brought to shed and are lost.

Our volunteers examined the artworks upon recovery. They recorded written condition notes, and performed photo documentation using smartphone cameras.

Storage conditions upon recovery

Art shed artworks and other objects were jammed together in a small storage locker. Small paintings, objects and works on paper were scattered in black plastic bags or clear plastic. Moisture was present in some bags, which promoted mold growth. Stacked crates with hoses on top were tipped onto large paintings on canvas, causing distortion and other damage.

1 – Storage of paintings on discovery

Storage of paintings on discovery

2 – Ongoing mechanical damage to paintings

Damage to 2021 painting by artist in residence Earl Debnam

3 – Earl Debnam in his AAHM&CC studio, June 2021

Earl Debnam in his AAHM&CC studio, June 2021

Many paintings by artist in residence Earl Debnam were damaged during their seizure and storage. Volunteers inventoried and documented Debnam’s works created during the 2020-2022 AAHM&CC occupation, allowing comparison with their current condition. This is the condition of one of these paintings after its recovery.

4 – 2021 painting by Earl Debnam before damage

2021 painting by Earl Debnam before damage

5 – Damaged painting with several scratches to paint layers circled

Damaged painting with several scratches to paint layers circled

This oil painting was stored in direct contact with heavy objects and hoses during storage. The paint surface is now disrupted by long scratches. The canvas now has significant planar distortion, which can be seen more easily on the unpainted reverse side of the canvas. There is also mold damage on the reverse. The planar distortion may reverse on its own as the canvas rests, however the other condition issues require conservation treatment.

5 – Reverse side of painting before damage

Reverse side of painting before damage


6 – Reverse side of damaged painting with several areas of planar distortion circled

Reverse side of damaged painting with several areas of planar distortion circled
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Hear Malcolm X, as he actually spoke!

The actual speeches of Malcolm X (May 19, 1921 – February 21, 1965) are significantly different than the imaginary movie script speeches Denzel Washington spoke into Spike Lee’s camera for the 1992 entertainment film.

AAHM&CC Commemorates Malcolm X

It could be said (and are saying it), that the fiction version of Malcolm X begins that movie acting more hostile toward white people than real-life Malcolm ever acted, and ends the movie being more conciliatory toward them than real-life Malcolm ever was.

The AAHM&CC urges you to listen to these essential speeches, so you can compare and contrast the real and the fiction versions for yourself, drawing your own conclusions.

By Any Means Necessary
We Want Complete Separation
Conditions Blacks Face, Part 1
Conditions Blacks Face, Part 2
Conditions Blacks Face, Part 3
Keep That White Man’s Claws Off Our Women
Racist In Reverse
The Crisis of Racism
End Police Brutality
Opposing Military Service
We Have No Freedom
The Cure of White’s Disease

America’s Race Problem

FBI and Black Muslims

Harlem Unity Rally (in 12 parts)
Don’t Sit In. Stand Up.

“Our Problems Are Your Problems”

You Can’t Hate the Roots of a Tree and Not Hate the Tree
“Think For Yourself” speech

Ballot Or Bullet, Cleveland OH version, April 3, 1964

No Such Thing as a Peaceful Revolution

MALCOLM X SPEAKS (full pdf of the book)

Black Nationalism Can Set Us Free

https://abcnews.go.com/US/district-attorney-apologizes-calls-edgar-hoover-men-exonerated/story?id=81261275

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UPDATE: Elder Omari Tahir gives interview with Converge Media, March 7th, 2022, after Urban League / Cops raid us yet again.

Update: Elder Omari Tahir gives interview with Converge Media, March 7th, 2022, after Urban League & Cops raid us yet again.

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Two of the Museum’s founders, in the December darkness of 1985

1986-01-VOLUME26-No.5-NORTHWEST PASSAGE-article:-“Black-Cultural-Center-Or-White-Elephant”

(Click here for an eyewitness account of the police raid.)

2008-03 March 2008 Video Statement of the AAHM&CC in response to the formal “Opening” of the Urban League Village “NAAM” Scam: (It took a person getting arrested at that time, in order to even get this message out.)

2015-07-22-the-false-arrest-of-two-aahmcc-board-members-in-their-own-building, including Seattle-city-council-candidate Omari Tahir Garrett. (We were held overnight in William Rufus King County Jail, and released the next morning with no charges filed.)

2020-07-07 ART AND POLITICS NOW: OCCUPYING THE NAAM – by Susan N. Platt PhD.

2020-09-01 Black Lives Matter and Occupations -Leschi Community Council Newsletter

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