This institution is a partner of the For Freedoms 50 State Initiative.
Located in Harpersville AL, Klein, a plantation house built in 1841, has been mostly vacant for 80 years. In October 2018, people descended from and related to the place are being invited to rededicate the two segregated but adjacent family cemeteries. During that homecoming, participants will meet for a facilitated conversation and shared meal in the deteriorated home. The Homecoming intends for participants to begin to know each other as people with a shared but divided heritage and that we discuss matters of importance to communal life today. Theoangelis Perkins and Nell Gottlieb, descendants of the black and white families associated with the house respectively, are co-chairs of the event, and T. Marie King, the facilitator. Klein Homecoming will launch a year-long project of intervention and reconsideration of the house and its pasts. Called Nostos Algos, this project also includes an exhibition and artist book considering the pain of return, the South and the complicated legacies of Klein as it unfolds in the present.