LANIER LANEY

The Task by Lanier Laney


Installation on former slave fields outside of Charleston South Carolina paint on grass 140 x 140 feet, January 1, 2013-- the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation in the United States

The Task


The Task was a unit of field measurement (approx. 1/2 acre) used by slave owners in America from 1640 to 1864. It was the amount of land a slave was forced to work each day either planting, weeding, or harvesting.

This art installation honors the strength, perseverance,and memory of those 6.6 million African American men, women, and children who endured and overcame 'The Task'.

We stand today in the presence of unfathomable misery
With humble hearts we bow before the field of our beloved ancestors
Let none fear: for greater than sorrow is love,
which endureth through pain and bindeth all hearts
in bonds of eternal fellowship, hope, and courage.

- Robert Terry Weston


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