Art enthusiasts in Louisiana are learning about the history of the African diaspora as seen through the art of Professor Imna Arroyo. "Ancestral Memories: The Work of Imna Arroyo" opened on May 14 at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard Art Museum at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette and ran through July 9. This exhibition gives visual voice to the untold millions of Africans who died during the Atlantic crossing between Africa and the American colonies. As scholars report, millions of people were kidnapped and loaded onto slave ships.
Ancestral Passage is composed of 27 terracotta ceramic figures in a sea of acrylic canvass. The figures represent African ancestors who died during the journey and are coming back to tell observers to remember African gifts. A six-minute DVD, titled "Trail of Bones," tells this poignant story and accompanied the exhibition.