Birmingham, Alabama: African Village in America

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Address:
931 Nassau Ave. SW., Birmingham, AL
Directions:
On the southwest edge of the city. I-65 exit 258. Drive west on Route 18 for one mile, then turn left onto Martin Luther King Jr Drive. Drive south and take the third right onto Nassau Ave. Joe Minter's place is the last house on the left.
Hours:
Daylight hours. Open gate policy; tours available if Joe is at home. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
205-322-7370
Admission:
Free, but you can buy an African Village book and/or DVD from Joe.
RA Rates:
Major Fun
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Joe Minter's African Village in America.

African Village in America

Since 1989, folk artist Joe Minter has filled his yard with homemade sculptures, shrines, and signs as a tribute to African-Americans, on orders from God. Visitors are welcome.

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African Village in America

Stopped by but the owner was not home. In retrospect, we should have anticipated this since we dropped by on Ash Wednesday. Due to how dense the art is, though, it's hard to grasp from a street view (entry is not permitted when the owner isn't in, according to a sign on the gate). The cemetery next door ended up being a more fruitful exploration.

[Samuel, 03/09/2019]

Outdoor folk art of wooden panels and crosses covered with densely painted messages.

African Village in America

Spent over an hour with Joe. He walked me and my two girlfriends around his "village" explaining his work. An amazing artist and thinker.

[Echall25, 04/02/2011]

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