Raised in New York, Susan Earl earned a BS in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin. A self-taught photographer, she was an artist-in-residence on Ossabaw Island, and became an early SCAD photo faculty member. Her work has been shown in galleries in Savannah, Atlanta, New York, London, Massachusetts, South Carolina, and Mississippi. She is the co-author of Waddie Welcome & the Beloved Community, and author of two novels about Savannah — In The Dark, and Harrington’s Way.
The exhibit at the JEA is a photography exhibit displaying a sample of Savannah’s rich cache of hand-painted signs from store-fronts and facades of African-American churches, barber and beauty salons, restaurants, seafood emporiums and auto repair/carwash businesses.
Once abundant, as gentrification spreads from downtown into midtown, Thomas Square, and the Starland districts, more of these signs disappear every day. In many cases, the photographs are the only remaining documentation of a valuable part of our city’s culture.