An Epistle for Harriet Ann Jacobs


  • Michelle Lanier Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University


Ecosystems of witness, Black South, marronage, Harriet Jacobs, AfroCarolina, womanist cartography


Harriet Ann Jacobs, born enslaved in North Carolina, was more than a fugitive freedom seeker. She was also known, loved, and held by Black South ecosystems of witness. Michelle Lanier archivally and ecologically roots the epistolary poem, ‘terraqueous,’ in an effort to shrink the distance between the commemorative echoes of Jacobs’s story and the soils and waters that held her first breaths and acts of resistance.


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How to Cite

Lanier, M. (2024). terraqueous: An Epistle for Harriet Ann Jacobs. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, 23(2), 145–149. Retrieved from https://acme-journal.org/index.php/acme/article/view/2426



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