In the Face of History Freedom Cape is constructed from historical documents printed on fabric. The head of a Black woman is transposed on each document as she bears witness. As we celebrate 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment, this series is symbolic of the continued struggle for Black women to be treated fairly as citizens of the United States of America. Historical documents range from the antebellum American South and the Berlin Conference to the mid 20th century, highlighting records of both trauma and hope of people who have felt the oppression of these historical events. I often think about how moments of progress by women of African descent are often omitted from the retelling of these events. The series celebrates significant points in American history such as the career of Shirley Chisholm, who was the first Black woman elected to the United States Congress and the first woman to run for Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. In the Face of History, Freedom Cape interrogates our perception of history and asks the question: How can our simulated truths impact our present and future understanding of self and humanity? With a woman at the center, this project rethinks, reimagines, and reveals the role that women of African descent play in American/world history.