Power + Place Collaborative

The Power and Place Collaborative seeks to examine the power-laden processes of place production and cultivate participatory practice of community co-creation.

The Power + Place Collaborative is a partnership between the African American Cultural Arts & History Museum, Elon University, the K.I.N.G. Academy, and the Mayco Bigelow Community Center. Over the fall of 2020, the Collaborative created a dozen stories about people and places in Burlington’s African American communities, culminating in the “Stories of Alamance County” showcase on November 23.

The Collaborative’s work continues into 2021 as we prepare a spring speaker and workshop series as well as fall oral history projects. We are hoping you can take just a minute to complete this Google Form.


“So, what are you doing to really make the world better? I want to make sure [my] grandkids grow up in a society where they do see the strength of people pulling together.”

Faiger Blackwell, Power + Place: “Stories of Alamance County”



The People

Students in classes led by Dr. Lake, Dr. Marshall, and Dr. Drew-Branch spent the semester interviewing Burlington residents about their experiences living in Alamance County. These stories were transformed into short videos, which you can view below.

2020 Stories









2019 Stories

Community members opened up to share their stories with Power + Place Collaborative team. Check out photos of our participants below.