faces of Fountain Heights

the first neighborhood in the crosshairs of Birmingham's civil rights movement is now blocked off by two of alabama's busiest interstates.

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Hear the story. While you see you the faces.
I conducted interviews with residents Aretha Shinnery, Jacques Lovejoy, and Richard Essex. Additional audio from Blocked, documentary on Fountain Heights by UAB students, Susanna Swanson and Amber Pope, as well as a WBHM interview with neighborhood president, Andre Brown, Losing History in One of Birmingham’s Oldest Neighborhoods

The Fountain Heights logo features two dates: the year of its establishment and the year of the Civil Rights movement. Both are signifiers of historical importance of the community.

Fountain Heights is one of Birmingham's earliest neighborhoods. It is the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement and the heart of the city's business and theatre districts. Once a safe-haven for first-generation black homeowners, today the Fountain Heights neighborhood is blocked off by two the city's busiest interstates its many of its homes are marked by vacancy and disrepair.

This integrated campaign includes a neighborhood logo and icons, as well as a poster/postcard, brochure, exhibition, social media, illustration, and photography. It aims to achieve public awareness to preserve one of Birmingham's most historically influential neighborhoods. I wanted to introduce the community to people who drive by it every day and never even realize it. During my design research, I visited churches and the Fountain Heights Recreation center, where I observed, interviewed, and photographed residents.

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Binary Responses. Infinite Possibilities. This concept for an interactive mural across from the McWane Science Center would allow participants to respond to weekly questions using a binary system of rotating billiard balls. Photos would be collected daily and displayed back to the community.

Visibility. Diversity. Accessibility. While the McWane Science Center and the Alabama Theatre are on the east border of Fountain Heights, both destinations are central to Birmingham's identity. Located at the old Five and Dime store, a historic marker for sit-ins during the Civil Rights movement, this interactive mural would provide a unique opportunity for communication between rich and poor, guests and residents, and everyone in between.

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