Work > The Sale Of Loise

The Sale Of Loise is a narrative installation documenting the sale of a 10 year old child to pay her "owners back taxes".

The Sale Of Loise, 2018-2019
The Sale Of Loise, 2018-2019
mixed-media Installation
2018

Through this work, I honor her and all those who endured in shame and silence.
I remember you
I remember you
I remember you

From the huge scale of historical trauma to the scale of one small child.

Thank you Blue Mountain Center for giving me everything I needed to finally bring Loise's story to light.

July 25, 1849
C.N. Bassett owed $2.40 in back taxes. The tax assessor seized his property, "One Negro girl named Loise, about ten years old and slave for life," and offered her for sale at public auction to pay the taxes. There were no bidders, and Loise was purchased by the state for $5.90. Her fate is unknown.