Above: Photograph of the 2018 installation of Joe Minter’s (American, born 1943) works, Dedicated to All Those Who Served and The Zulu Chief Surrounded by Four Warriors in the Caddell Sculpture Garden.
Works by Joe Minter
A self-taught artist, Joe Minter uses art to tell the story of the history and journey of Africans and African Americans in America. In 1989, he began working on his own sculpture garden, the “African Village in America,” located in Birmingham. Minter feels he is directed by God in this endeavor and creates all of his sculpture from found objects, as he believes that these items contain the spirits of all who have touched them.
Minter was a featured artist in the Museum exhibition History Refused to Die in 2015, and his sculptures are part of the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in D.C., and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.