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BOOKMARKS FOR A MIXED RACE NARRATIVE: WHO COULD AND COULDN'T MARRY WHOM
2015 - 2018
cut-outs, collages on paper

Portraits and text from a document titled "Anti-Miscegenation Laws of the Several States: 1932" are re-contextualized and graphically displayed as "bookmarks" which in turn convey the architecture of such laws. Four out of five of the "bookmarks" frame copies of portraits of individuals designated "Negro", "Mulatto", "Quadroon", "Octoroon", "1/16 Composite 'Pass for White American Type' ", each for whom it was illegal, including "Malay" (Asian) and "Indian", to marry "Caucasian". In the fifth "bookmark", no portrait needed, only text, which states "No Negroid Mixture, All-Caucasian Descent".

Portraits Courtesy of Harry H. Laughlin Collection, Special Collections Department, Pickler Memorial Library, Truman State University

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