I’ve had some pretty intense experiences at the brick factory since we opened it. And some pretty amazing ones too.
These bricks represent both of those experiences.
Two weeks ago I watched as a older woman who was raised in Madison County make the brick about the confederacy while a young alternative transplant woman made the brick about healing right across the table. Everyone was aware about what was happening and being expressed. It’s not like we didn’t notice what was going on.
The important thing for me was that we had a conversation about it… and it was civil. I watched as these two women traded letters back and forth to stamp their beliefs in the clay. “You need an E? Here you go, I have one”. As we talked about monuments and what they mean and why speech is protected and important.
Nobody got called a racist. Nobody got called a dirty hippy. We just looked each other in the eyes and tried to find a little common ground in this crazy world.
I’ll be honest… I was glad to get the brick about the confederacy. Because this project is about recording the feelings and beliefs of all the people who live here or pass through. That belief is real out here, and I don’t want to pretend like it’s not. And I definitely don’t want this project to only represent the feeling and emotions of only the young alternative people who have moved in.
This place is complicated. And the monument that we make needs to be real and representative of that.
These two bricks felt like a success as we strive to listen to what everyone believes in and heal a little bit at a time.
Just a reminder. The brick factory will be open Friday and Saturday from 11-7. So come on out and add your voice.
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Jamming in the jail with @galenholland
We’ve been having a steady stream of our creative friends come and use the space recently.
It’s been awesome to hear such great music emitting out of the jail and to see the space used in such a positive way.
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Bricks for days!
The Big House Brick Factory will be open at the @oldmarshalljail today from 11-7.
Tomorrow we will be on the island in Marshall for the Arts on the Island event from 10-5.
Hope to see you there.
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The brick factory will be open today from 11-7.
Come on down and make some bricks!!!!
It’s fun, free, and great for the kids!
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It was such an honor to interview John Ledford and Randy Bradford in the jail today. John was the Sheriff of Madison County from 1998-2009 and Randy was his chief deputy during that time. They had LOTS OF STORIES ABOUT THE OLD JAIL. It was a truly fascinating day.
In this image John and Randy show Josh where inmates tried to escaped through the ceiling at one point. There is still a patch left over from their attempt.
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The Big House Brick Factory will be open for business TODAY September 1st from 11-7. We will also be open tomorrow from 11-7.
Come on out. Bring the kids! It’s fun for the whole family.
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We’ve officially launched the video component of the Old Marshall Jail Brick Project. Emily has the camera set up today and tomorrow early evening.
We are collecting stories about the jail and the people who spent time here.
If you have something to say or know someone who does, come on down or get in touch with us.
This is an important part of this project and we would appreciate people in Madison county spreading the word about it. Any story is appreciated. We would like to hear from both sides of the bars.
The history of this place is important to us and we are working hard to record it before it is lost.
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The Jones family representing at the Brick Factory this morning. Thanks to @mollymceramics for being such a strong supporter of the Old Marshall Jail Brick Project.
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