A public installation driven by community conversation, 2013

Lindsay Heights

Published on October 31st, 2013 | by adamcarr


Teutonia Gardens Resident Session

Lisa, Harvey, Dennis, Kenyatta, Lucille, Dianna, Tommy, and Mother Scott.

We got together for a meal on a regular weeknight. While the food ran out, the conversation absolutely did not. Below, find excerpts from a conversation with many detours, differences, and depth.

Below, find excerpts from that conversation.

Lisa Doss

-I’m permanently retired.

-I’m one of those people that when I see you, I’ll be quick to greet you. Especially if I’ve seen you before.

-I just grew up quickly, I guess.

Harvey Smith

-I try to stay away from trouble (and there’s trouble all day long).

-These days, it’s more like “what?” or “huh?” My momma? We didn’t know “what?” or “huh?” It was “yes.” or “no.” And I better hurry up and say “yes.”

-You know more than I do, because you’ve seen it before, but…

-I did what I had to do eat. To get out of the cold.

-If it weren’t for Him, I’d be dead and gone.

-I felt what you’re saying, what I hear. I grew up in that. And I’m still in that today — we stay in the hood.

Dennis Taylor

-I’m the youngest game founder in the world.

-I sing a lot.

-They have more respect for their friends than their families.

Kenyatta Cooper

-I was born in Memphis, Tennessee. Came up here and been here since.

-I’m very soft spoken. (Until you make me upset.)

-When I see people, I always smile.

Lucille Jennings

-I like — I love peoples. Especially good peoples.

Dianna Nash

-As you’re saying that prayer—listen—and let it uplift you.

-Where I live, there’s some people that think I’m mean.

-If he stumbled today, right now on the ground, and couldn’t get up? I’d put him on my shoulder (and I got back problems). So that’s me.

-It was always scary, to be rebellious.

-I’m here to help you.

-You don’t have to say anything. You don’t have to apologize.

-How would you feel if somebody gave up on you?

-That one person.

-His angels lurk all over this earth. And I’m one of them.

-Do you want to come over to my house and sing?


-My Grandmother is my pastor.

-It was the Lord that brought me out of that.

-I didn’t care what I said, even if I got hit in the mouth.

-I took the whooping’ and got it over with.

-It was through God — it couldn’t be anybody else.

Mother Scott

-I had to learn how to live with disrespect until he matured.

-Each individual is an individual. How we want them to act? Sometimes they’re dealing with things we know nothing about. We have to learn that.

-I’m happy dying in the hood. I’ve been dying here for years.

-It’s in us.

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