A Photo-Diary of Ferguson, Part One, by Hannah Brown

 

Hannah Brown, an Oddball Contributor, joined the activist front at Ferguson, Missouri, anticipating a Supreme Court ruling on the Michael Brown case. While she was only able to stay for a day, she did her best to capture her time there with photos and impressions below.

 

Photography © Hannah Brown
Photography © Hannah Brown

They’re beginning boarding up the windows of the grocery store right down the street from the police and fire departments. The local protestors said this is in preparation for response to the verdict.

 

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Local protestor whose sign reads “stop killing black people.” His backpack says EMT on it and he wears a surgical mask to be prepared for tear gas/pepper spray.

 

Photography © Hannah Brown
Photography © Hannah Brown

On the external of a hardware store. Fairly poignant– the boards of cork board and plywood cover the opening and the door, but the tiny cardboard sign centered on the door reads “open” in sharpie.

 

Photography © Hannah Brown
Photography © Hannah Brown
Photography © Hannah Brown
Photography © Hannah Brown
Photography © Hannah Brown
Photography © Hannah Brown

The front and back of the door to the Corner Coffee Shop in Ferguson center, painted by children and other residents. In bright, unapologetic colors, they carry messages including “Be the change you wish to see in Ferguson” and “A person’s a person no matter how down low.”

 

Photography © Hannah Brown
Photography © Hannah Brown

Ferguson fire department, whose logo reads “community of choice.”

 

Hannah Brown is a Boston area-based poet and spoken word artist.

 

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