Unshuttered, Uncovered exhibit coverage
KSLA.com, Exhibit explores legacy of black photography in Northwest Louisiana
When I think about my history, and just seeing how it is reflected in these photos, just knowing that there was a whole community, there is a whole community in Northwest Louisiana,” said Stearns, who owns Cloud & Clay Cultural Preservation and is an associate archivist at Alabama State University.
The Marshall News Messenger, Lecture and exhibit highlights Marshall native, first Shreveport Black studio photographer. August 5, 2018
[W]hen people talk about black history, often it’s about bad things or trauma or violence or things like that, but you can see in these photos people striving, people dressed up, looking nice and you would wonder about what are their stories, what were their lives really like,” [Stearns] added.
The Shreveport Times, Shreveport’s Black history uncovered in photos. July 19, 2017
Stearns said she’d long had an interest in black photography in Shreveport but found it difficult to find information on it. However, she knew with a little digging, she would eventually find it. Over several months, she uncovered hundreds of photos of Black Shreveport.