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Thu February 14, 2013
Arts

Keachi, La. artist preserves legacy of "Porch Crew"

Keachi artist Travis Whitfield stands on the porch of the shuttered Wyatt Bros. Mercantile where a group of African American men used to sit in rockers and tell stories of a bygone era. Whitfield documented the lives of the "Porch Crew" beginning in the 1970s.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

A Keachi, Louisiana, artist cares deeply about the legacy of a group of African American men who in the 1970s and '80s parked themselves on the porch of a shuttered country store and told stories about a bygone era. Travis Whitfield was so intrigued by the men that they became his studies. He painted their portraits, took hundreds of photos, and recorded their conversations beginning in 1973. Many of these images and artifacts are on display at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum in Whitfield’s “Further On Down The Road” exhibition.

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