Hannibal’s Invisibles

Collaborative editing and project management

In 2022, I was hired by Jim’s Journey: The Huck Finn Freedom Center — the only Black history museum in northeastern Missouri — to work on project ahead of the museum’s 10 year anniversary. Working closely with the founder and director of Jim’s Journey, we are in the process of completing a manuscript. This “coffee table book” of historic photographs will also include first-person perspectives of current and former Black Hannibal residents.

Hannibal, Missouri is the hometown of Mark Twain, and the place that inspired The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Today, the lifeblood and identity of Hannibal is Mark Twain tourism. For decades, the only official recognition of Hannibal’s Black community, though, was a plaque referencing “N—– Jim,” the fictional character in Mark Twain’s work. Hannibal’s Invisibles seeks to lift up the true history of Hannibal’s Black community.

Hannibal’s Invisibles is scheduled for release in October 2023.

-Project management, logistic support, networking
-Collaborative curation of historic photos, book outline, chapter formatting, and more
-Ghost writing

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