Black Gotham Experience (BGX) is an immersive visual storytelling project created by artist and historian Kamau Ware that celebrates the impact of the African Diaspora on New York City.
The aim of this project is to use art and research to develop an expansive public experience that gives the uncelebrated histories of the African Diaspora a place in the public consciousness of New York City and beyond.
The heart of this experience are three stories that illustrate Black life on the island of Manhattan between 1624 to 1890. These stories are Other Side of Wall Street, Caesar’s Rebellion, and Citizen Hope. We have a five creative teams working together to share these three stories as both walking tours and corresponding graphic novels. Each graphic novel will blend photography, drawings, and fashion to illustrate the story, innovating how forgotten moments of the past can be brought to light.