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Memory Builds the Monument

Memory Builds the Monument is an artist-led project sparked by vivid conversations and emotions surrounding memories of Club Matinee by some of Houston’s elders and their families. The film is the centerpiece of a larger project that includes oral history interviews and various events. Conducting the project this way provided an opportunity to connect generations by highlighting the rich history of 5th Ward through memories, inspiring people of all ages, and inviting as many people as possible to participate. The primary people interviewed for the film are 5th Ward natives who are well-known in their own rights. They include Archie Bell, Founding Member of the R&B group Archie Bell & the Drells; Algenita Scott Davis Esq., Housing Program Manager, Center for Civic & Public Policy Improvement; Rev. Harvey Clemons, pastor of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church; and Jesse Lott, who was recently named the Texas state three-dimensional artist of 2022. [Organizer's description]