Paul, Cairo, Illinois, 2009
Archival Pigment Print, 24" x 32"
Paul is standing on the very southern tip of the state where the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers converge. Geographically, this spot is farther south than Richmond, Virginia, the once capital of the Confederate States during the Civil War. Though Illinois was a free slave state, it philosophically alligned itself with its southern neighbors more than its northern partners. Cairo, more that any other city in Illinois has suffered the most due to its long standing racial division.