The Anarcha Project
The Anarcha Project uses performative research methods to engage intersections between black history and disability history. Black history, disability studies and performance scholars work on remembering Montgomery, Alabama women Anarcha, Lucy and Betsey. This anti-archive envisions a site for a discussion of Anarcha and J. Marion Sims, the gynecologist who used slave women as experimental subjects while he was searching for a cure for fistula. Embodied in this site are artifacts from Anarcha performances and workshops in Montgomery, Detroit and Ann Arbor, and Berkeley. Using movement, words and visuals to connect Anarcha's story to disability history and black history, we sought to add to the anti-archive, to hear from others what they knew about this story, what it meant to them, the responses it compelled.