Blood Lines Map
Death locations marked on a neighborhood map of the 1919 uprising recreated on the floor of Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park


Blood Lines – SAY THEIR NAMES consists of three overlapping online installations: Blood Lines, an online version of the 2019 installation at Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park; SAY THEIR NAMES, a new online installation with readings of the names of black persons killed by law enforcement since 1919; and in 2021, a live streamed version that includes both Blood Lines and SAY THEIR NAMES.

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Blood Lines

In the 2019 Blood Lines installation we remembered those killed in the 1919 Chicago Race Riot. At two different October performances, Hyde Park community members read the name, age, race, and time, place, and manner of death of each person killed.

We are currently seeking a diverse group of readers for an online recreation of the Blood Lines installation. During this time of social distancing and cultural change we invite you to participate in this project by video recording yourself reading the name of one or more persons killed in the 1919 uprising. Readings will be combined with sound from the original long wire installation at Augustana and a video with maps, historical newspaper accounts, a timeline, and images from the live installation and the surrounding neighborhoods.

In exchange for your contribution to Blood Lines, you will receive a $5 honorarium for every video we include in the online installation (up to 5). You may choose to receive the money yourself, or you may opt to donate the money back to NON:op to support this and other participatory programs, or you may have your honorarium donated to Black Lives Matter.

Click on PARTICIPATE in the menu on the right for detailed information on how to participate.

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SAY THEIR NAMES extends the reading of Blood Lines names to include all other Black persons killed by law enforcement since 1919. Ron Browne—one of the original Blood Lines readers—along with NON:op, is building a database of black persons killed by law enforcement since 1919. This installation will manifest in the coming months and will grow as more and more names are added to the database.

If you would like to contribute to this database, or if you would like to assist Ron with this important research please contact us at non [at] nonopera [dot] org. Once this database is posted you may select and record yourself reading names from this list. Compensation for participation is the same as for Blood Lines above.

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In 2021 we are producing a live-streamed installation that includes readings from both Blood Lines and SAY THEIR NAMES using Zoom, OBS, and YouTube.

If you are interested in participating in any of these online installation, and have questions, please contact Christophe at non [at] nonopera [dot] org for more information.

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Historical Newspaper Accounts of the 1919 Chicago Race Riot
courtesy Ron Browne