“Establish the first museum space in North Carolina to capture and reflect upon the history of prisons used to build NC’s road system while showcasing the reuse of such closed sites to benefit the community.”
Kimber Heinz is a public historian. Kimber has taken on the mighty task of helping to organize what may be the first permanent physical space reclaiming prison ground to address the cruel arc of history that connects the legacy of chattel slavery to forced prison labor to our nation’s current incarceration rates. The GrowingChange youth leaders have worked closely with Kimber Heinz over this last year to frame our transformational work in in an upcoming traveling exhibit. Kimber’s work also sets our first ‘Prison Flip’ in Wagram NC firmly into our local context as Kimber’s exhibit itself is capturing the story of our current County Commissioner and civil rights icon, Betty Blue Gholston, herself born on the prison site.
Kimber’s work itself serves to set in place a dedicated community of artist and activist who will use this reclaimed cellblocks to inspire our nation to rethink and repurpose our prison culture. Her work is the start of a guild that connects UNC Greensboro’s acclaimed Public History graduate program to our local resource of St. Andrews Presbyterian University’s Public History undergraduates. Most significantly, Kimber’s work connects these artist leaders to our local leaders such as Commissioner Gholston and our youth leaders.