On assignment from Black Oak Society, I was tasked with shooting two women for an exhibition called "Give Black Raleigh Her Flowers". The exhibition celebrated the powerful matriarchy that has helped shape the rich black culture of Raleigh, North Carolina.

"Octavia Rainey is a resident of the College Park neighborhood and has been a fair housing advocate for nearly 50 years. She has become a household name in her community by being a constant presence in city council meetings, advocating for the preservation of her neighborhood and the prioritization of fair, affordable, housing for Raleigh's underserved residents. She is also a repository of Raleigh's Black History, and has created an educational tour of Black Raleigh's historic neighborhoods."

"Give Black Raleigh Her Flowers" Exhibition

All works created in 2021

Octavia Rainey I


Octavia Rainey sitting in the parking lot of Grace Church, at the intersection of Boyer Street and Hill Street in Raleigh, NC. Having lived in Raleigh since she was born, the Southeast Raleigh Community Advocate has a firsthand account of the gentrification in the area. In this image, Octavia sits between a newly built house on her left and a home built long before the new houses on her right.


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Octavia Rainey II


Octavia Rainey inside of her home of 55 years in Southeast Raleigh, North Carolina. Her family has lived in the College Park neighborhood for over 80 years. The gentrification taking place in Southeast Raleigh not only displaces the natives, but also does not represent the rich black culture of College Park. The College Park neighborhood was founded in 1910; over a century of black culture on the brink of extinction.


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Octavia Rainey III


Community Advocate Octavia Rainey outside of her home of 55 years in the College Park neighborhood of Southeast Raleigh. “We do not want to look like 5 Points or Oakwood,” states Octavia.


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Octavia Rainey IV


Community Advocate Octavia Rainey outside of her home of 55 years in the College Park neighborhood of Southeast Raleigh. “We do not want to look like 5 Points or Oakwood,” states Octavia.


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Octavia Rainey V


Community Advocate Octavia Rainey outside of her home of 55 years in the College Park neighborhood of Southeast Raleigh. “We do not want to look like 5 Points or Oakwood,” states Octavia.

This image was chosen for the "Give Black Raleigh Her Flowers" exhibition.


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