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Chasing Me to My Grave by Winfred Rembert
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Chasing Me to My Grave

An Artist’s Memoir of the Jim Crow South

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Length 6 hours 47 minutes
Language English
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Winfred Rembert grew up in a family of Georgia field laborers and joined the Civil Rights Movement as a teenager.

He was arrested after fleeing a demonstration, later survived a near-lynching at the hands of law enforcement, and spent the next seven years on chain gangs. During that time he met the undaunted Patsy, who would become his wife. Years later, at the age of fifty-one and with Patsy’s encouragement, he started drawing and painting scenes from his youth using leather-tooling skills he learned in prison.

Chasing Me to My Grave presents Rembert’s breathtaking body of work alongside his story, as told to Tufts Philosopher Erin I. Kelly. Rembert calls forth vibrant scenes of Black life on Cuthbert, Georgia’s Hamilton Avenue, where he first glimpsed the possibility of a life outside the cotton field. As he pays tribute, exuberant and heartfelt, to Cuthbert’s Black community and the people, including Patsy, who helped him to find the courage to revisit a traumatic past, Rembert brings to life the promise and the danger of Civil Rights protest, the brutalities of incarceration, his search for his mother’s love, and the epic bond he found with Patsy.

Vivid, confrontational, revelatory, and complex, Chasing Me to My Grave is a searing memoir in prose and paintings that celebrates Black life and summons listeners to confront painful and urgent realities at the heart of American history and society.

Includes a bonus PDF of artwork.

Winfred Rembert (1945–2021) was an artist from Cuthbert, Georgia. His paintings on carved and tooled leather have been exhibited at museums and galleries across the country, and compared to the work of Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, and Horace Pippin. Rembert was honored by the Equal Justice Initiative in 2015, awarded a United States Artists Barr Fellowship in 2016, and is the subject of two award-winning documentary films: All Me and Ashes to Ashes. In the last decades of his life, he lived and worked in New Haven, Connecticut. www.winfredrembert.com.

Dion Graham, from HBO’s The Wire, also narrates The First 48 on A&E. A multiple Audie Award–winning narrator and critically acclaimed actor, he has performed on Broadway, off Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series.

Karen Chilton is a New York–based actor and writer and an accomplished voice-over artist and narrator. She has narrated dozens of audiobooks, won three AudioFile Earphones Awards, and in 2020 won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Nonfiction Narration. Her voice can be heard on numerous national network television, radio, and Internet advertising campaigns.

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Reviews

“A love story…[that] documents racial and economic violence under white supremacy as a living history. It also gives us an example of how to live without bitterness or seeking revenge.”

“A stunning portrait of hope in the face of evil, barbarity, and racism.”

“Rembert’s self-portrait in word and image belongs in every library.”

“An ultimately uplifting journey from the ugliness of virulent racism to the beauty of art.”

“Narrator Dion Graham…has an aged, comfortable tone, as if Winfred is sitting around the table telling the whole family his life story. Though Karen Chilton, who portrays Patsy, the love of Winfred's life, delivers fewer passages, both voices—heartfelt and down-home—complement each other.”

“Rembert…reveal[s] truths about the human struggle that are transcendent, to evoke an understanding of human dignity that is broad and universal.”

“Winfred Rembert paints a world too little depicted and a reality we can’t afford to forget.”

“A profoundly moving, devastatingly painful, and wonderfully transformative experience.”

“At turns harrowing and haunting…And through it all, joy, no matter how elusive, never disappears.”

“Rembert’s account reminds us that it is in the remembering of the past that we keep it from becoming prologue.”

“Brutally honest storytelling helps us see the sacrifice and grit it took for Black Americans to survive in the Jim Crow South, something he said should make families proud and want to talk about their history.”

“A gift to history.”

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