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        • The Freedmen Churches
          Renewing Collectivity from the Margins of the City

        Abstract
        In the aftermath of the American Civil War, former plantation
        slaves, or ‘freedmen’, exercised their newly-granted right to
        landownership by building churches across the American
        South. Despite the widespread discrimination they faced,
        freedmen built a regional network of rural churches that
        embodied a radical form of landholding based on collective
        use. Today, urban shifts caused by real estate plans threaten
        these historical sites. Saint John, one such church, is now
        embedded in the sprawl of Houston, Texas. This architectinitiated
        project takes Saint John as the germ of a
        transformation to revitalise the freedmen church network
        and reconfigure the suburban landscape.
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        Citation
        Cuéllar, G. (2016). The Freedmen Churches. Renewing Collectivity from the Margins of the City. Social Poetics . The Architecture of Use and Appropriation, OASE, (96), 91–94. Retrieved from https://www.oasejournal.nl/en/Issues/96/TheFreedmenChurches

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