Fifth anniversary of Unite the Right marked by photo exhibition and walking tour


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A photo installation is planned on the Downtown Mall to mark the fifth anniversary of the Unite the Right event which took place in Charlottesville.

The creator of the exhibition “The Story of Us: Reclaiming the Narrative of #Charlottesville through Portraits of Community Resilience,” photojournalist and local artist Ézé Amos, will lead the events open to all. Amos is a documentary photographer who immigrated to Charlottesville in 2008.

The memorial events were organized by the Charlottesville Democratic Party in recognition of the brave activists and residents of the city.

Photographic exhibition “The story of us”

“The Story of Us” exhibit opens August 11 with 36 larger-than-life 10′ x 8′ photos mounted front and back on trees throughout the Downtown Mall. Each photo will have a QR code linked to a 3 minute recording of the person featured in the photo describing that moment at length in their own words and voice. The photos will be installed on August 9 and 10.

“These personal accounts show what we know to be true about Charlottesville,” Amos said. “It’s a city with a complex history and many flaws, but it’s also a place of resilience, unity, art and joy. The national media has portrayed our community negatively and overlooked all the ways we have moved towards a better understanding of each other and our city’s history.

Presentation at town hall

Amos will host a Town Hall-style presentation at the Charlottesville Downtown Library on August 10 at 6:30 p.m. Amos will discuss his exhibit and offer attendees a chance to share their emotions and memories of the weekend.

Walking tour

Amos will also lead an hour-long walking tour of his photos, stopping at each of the 18 tree-mounted installations spanning the length of Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall. The visit will take place on Saturday, August 13 at 11 a.m. Participants are asked to meet at the water fountain at the intersection with 2nd Street NE.

Let’s unite summary law

The Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville was held on August 12, 2017. Counter-protester Heather Heyer, 32, was killed when a 21-year-old motorist rammed a Dodge Challenger into a crowd of protesters on a one-way street unique. The driver, James Alex Fields, Jr., was sentenced to life in prison for federal hate crimes in 2019. He pleaded guilty to 29 of 30 hate crime charges as part of a plea deal to avoid the death penalty.

A total of 35 people were treated for injuries sustained in physical clashes between white nationalists and their opponents.

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