African Descendants in New Orleans: A Visual History
Augustus Jenkins, Jr., Winter Break (Going Home after the Storm), 2007, Courtesy of the artist.
Augustus Jenkins, Jr. was born in New Orleans in 1980. He received a B.A. in Art from Xavier University of Louisiana, studying closely with John T. Scott, and holds an M.F. A. from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in Illinois. He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Art at Xavier University. He has noted of his work, "What drives my work is a sense of history" that was "passed on to me in the form of stories that I heard while growing up in New Orleans. In these narratives, the lives of everyday people who worked, struggled, sacrificed, lived, built the city and shaped the community, were remembered and shared
I became interested in the power of storytelling, and began to use the narrative as a way of reflecting not only their experiences, but also my own."