Born in Hamilton, Ontario, artist Jan Wade's father’s family is African/Native American from the southern United States and her mother’s family is of European decent. When they decided to marry in 1951, they were detained and questioned by the Hamilton Police Department under the city's Miscegenation Law. Wade speaks about being raised within a close-knit-segregated community experiencing, witnessing many of the dramatic changes brought on by the advent of the Civil Rights Movement, and the importance of the Black Church. She has researched both African-diasporic and European spiritual, cultural, intellectual practices and their interplay within slave cultures. This research has been an inspiring and pivotal point in the on-going development of her art.
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