The Fifth Child Burning

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Photo: Ron Lee/The Silver Factory
1994
Found materials from a burned house: wood table, book bag, detergent bottle, shoe, wall plaque, glass bowl, child's clothes, metal chair. wooden rocking chair, electrical cord, table lamp, window blinds, television, toaster oven, radios, cable box, electric can opener videocassette recorder, roller skate, bed parts, other materials
87 x 72 60 inches [dimensions variable]

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"A little girl in Birmingham burned to death in her own house. She was a classmate of A.J., my son. These things in this artwork all came out of her burned-down house. Her parents was not home.

"A little girl in Birmingham burned to death in her own house. She was a classmate of A.J., my son. These things in this artwork all came out of her burned-down house. Her parents was not home. They had given her luxuries but not their own time.

     "Four little girls died in the bombing at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in 1963. They was the victims of racism. The 'fifth' child burned from a kind of family neglect. We got to look past racism sometimes and find the blame within ourself." —Lonnie Holley