“Mourn Black Murder”
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Leah Jaynes Karp created this mixed-media series in response to the Atlanta Child Murders. Between 1979 and 1981, at least twenty-nine Black children, teens, and young adults—mostly boys—were kidnapped and murdered; a suspect was identified and apprehended in 1981. In Karp’s hauntingly delicate works, she pulls phrases and words from news articles covering the events and interweaves them with cutout photographs of lilies. The overall effect of the work is a poignant commemoration of the tragedy of many young lives senselessly lost.