Our Team




Core Team

Owens Daniels

Lead Artist

Alex Fuentes

Lead Documentarian

Betsy Towns

Project Director

Beverly Watson

“Katie B” Reunion Liason

Jasmine Huff

Web & Communication Coordinator

Raven Golston

Archive Intern

Thank You!

Present Absence would not be possible with out the help and guidance of The “Katie B” Reunion Committee, The Winston Salem African American Archive, MUSE Winston Salem, The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem State University and many dedicated community members. The core team would like to thank the following committee members for their help making this project possible. We are beyond grateful for the community support.

Archive & History Team

Billy Rich, Winston Salem African American Archive

Lester Davis, Winston Salem African American Archive

Joycelyn Johnson, Former City Council Member, Creative Corridors MLK Leader

Cynthia Villagomez, Chair, WSSU History and Justice Studies

Mike Wakeford, Interim Executive Director, MUSE Winston-Salem, UNCSA Liberal Arts

Tanya Walker, WSSU English Department, CDI HeART Studio Co-Director

Tramaine Grey, UNCSA Design and Production Student, Students of Color Co-Chair; Student Coordinator

Fleming El-Amin, Forsyth County Commissioner

David Finn, Public Art Commission Chair, WFU Professor of Art

Kristen Haaf, Creative Corridors Coalition Chair

Design & Materials Team

Marvette Aldrich, Artist and NC A&T Faculty Member

Kelly Bennett, City of Winston Salem, Public Art Commission Liaison

Cliff Dossell, Director of Exhibitions, SECCA

Greg Errett, Creative Corridors MLK Project Leader, formerly, City of Winston-Salem

Perry Clark, Allegra Winston-Salem

Karen Salinas, photographer, blogger, community organizer

Community Engagement Team

Mollye Maxner, UNCSA School of Drama Faculty

Annette Scippio, WS City Council Member

Russ Smith, CDI Spatial Justice Studio Director, WSSU Urban Studies

Cheryl Harry, Founder & Director, Triad Cultural Arts