Monthly Archives: July 2015

SC Confederate Flag Comes Down

After years of intense controversy, the Confederate flag was lowered from the SC state house grounds for the last time on Friday, July 10, 2015.  In an effort to gauge the social atmosphere, and record this historic event, I trekked to Columbia, SC that day.  The state’s decision to remove the flag erupted from the outrage in the wake of the tragic shooting at the historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.   Included in the nine parishioners killed was Pastor (and state senator) Clementa Pinckney.

Under the blazing 98 degree Columbia sun, the climate appeared to be part carnival and part memorial.  There were ample supporters and opponents alike of the flag’s removal and its ultimate placement in the state’s Confederate Relic room, a few blocks away.  This pictorial is my attempt to tell the story of the event, a story which includes unrelated protests, television interviews, and street artists among other dynamics.

Last Lowering

Last Lowering

'Unlikely' Supporter?

‘Unlikely’ Supporter?

Sidewalk Artist

Sidewalk Artist

Anti-Flag Protestor

Anti-Flag Protestor

Interview

Interview

Side Protest

Side Protest

We Are One

We Are One

Undying

Undying

In Wait

In Wait

Flag Debate

Flag Debate

Symbol of Hate

Symbol of Hate

Jazz Trombone Performance

Students of the Jazz Trombone Institute (JTI) performed at the Phoenix Restaurant in Brevard, NC on June 10, 2015.  Hosted by the Brevard Music Center, the first annual JTI is a unique, music workshop, that provides customized instruction to some of the most talented young musicians from across the country.  The workshop was held June 1 – 13, 2015 in the beautiful Smokey Mountains of North Carolina, and led by jazz trombonist and Director, Michael Dease at the Brevard Music Center.  During a day trip to Caesar’s Head State Park (SC),  I was fortunate to have met a JTI student, Matt DeLeon of Connecticut, who invited me to attend the mid-week performance at the Phoenix.

Matt DeLeon

Matt DeLeon

Matt DeLeon

Matt DeLeon

JTI Student Ensemble

JTI Student Ensemble

JTI Student Ensemble

JTI Student Ensemble

JTI Student Ensemble

JTI Student Ensemble

Luther Allison

Luther Allison