Part 3: Adam Green on the Johnson Publishing Archive + Collections


Join us for a conversation led by Adam Green, Sunday, February 11, 2018 from 3:00 to 5:00pm at the Stony Island Arts Bank.

For the third workshop, “Reckoning with the History of the Devaluing of the Black Child,” Adam Green will highlight magazines from the Johnson Publishing Library & Archives and derogatory memorabilia selected from the Edward J. Williams Collection to embed the story of the killing of Tamir Rice and other African American youth within a deeper history of the devaluation of Black children in America. Green will draw from these collections to illustrate this history within four domains: labor, education, criminality and mass entertainment/marketing. The workshop will also propose strategies for presenting and situating the Cleveland gazebo—recalling initial intentions for garden pavilions in American landscaping—and challenge the historical treatment of Black children as inconsequential, subversive, and ultimately expendable.

About Adam Green:

Adam Green is Associate Professor of American History. He received his BA from The University of Chicago (1985) and his Ph.D. from Yale University (1998). He teaches and research in a variety of fields, including twentieth century U.S. history, African American history, urban history, cultural studies and social movements. He has written and co-edited two books: Selling the Race: Culture and Community in Black Chicago, 1940-1955 (Univ. of Chicago Press: 2006); Time Longer than Rope: Studies in African American Activism, 1850-1950, co- edited with Charles Payne (New York University Press: 2003). His current book research deals with the history of the black struggle for happiness, and he is developing several articles projects dealing with segregation, police torture, and post-1970 culture and society in Black Chicago.

This event is the third in the series of four collections immersion programs hosted by Rebuild Foundation providing opportunities for public dialogue and reflection around the Gazebo that is in its care.

About Objects of Care: Material Memorial for Tamir Rice:

In the Fall of 2016, Rebuild Foundation received the Gazebo from the Cudell Recreation Center in Cleveland, Ohio, where twelve-year-old Tamir Rice was murdered by the Cleveland Police. As part of her activism for social justice, Samaria Rice, Tamir’s mother, intends to preserve the structure as a place for care, public interaction and engagement.

The deconstructed Gazebo will be in the care of Rebuild Foundation at the Stony Island Arts Bank from Fall 2017 through Winter 2018. While the material is on display indoors, guest archivists, public historians, scholars and artists will deeply consider material objects across the Frankie Knuckles Records, Johnson Publishing Archive, Glass Lantern Slides and Edward J. Williams Collections. Guest participants are encouraged to use resource material shared in these sessions to create public engagements for the planned installation of the Gazebo on the North Lawn of the Stony Island Arts Bank in 2018.

NOTE: The Gazebo materials will be on display to the public by appointment. To schedule a visit, contact us at

Upcoming program in the Objects of Care series: