Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) will present the multimedia narrative “The Thirteen” by Bianca Spriggs at 12:25 p.m., Thursday, February 13, in the Art Gallery located in the Magoffin Resource Learning Center on the Prestonsburg campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the BSCTC Library Seminar Series, the presentation is part of Black History Month activities at the college.
“The Thirteen” plays homage to thirteen black women and girls who were violently murdered throughout Kentucky during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This period is known as the nadir.
Nadir began during Reconstruction, a time where racism was at its apex in America as black people were slowly being granted voting and legal rights. Despite the presence of the Freedman's Bureau throughout the state of Kentucky, the socio-political leanings mixed with economic agendas and the presence of the KKK, resulted in a high number of cases of violence against blacks.
In January 2013, through a showcase of original poetry, film, photography, music and visual art, an ensemble of gifted Kentucky musicians and artists shared history of these documented thirteen women and girls at Transylvania University, creating a rare opportunity for an audience to both mourn and celebrate their lives.
This presentation proposes to recreate a smaller-scale version of "The Thirteen," which will include a sampling of film, music, visual art and poetry from the original show, as well as a candid discussion regarding the research of lynchings and political sentiments in Kentucky during this time period.