Chris Rusanowsky is an American photojournalist and documentary photographer based in North Texas. Chris has spent the last twelve years of his career focusing on stories of resilience and American identity. In 2017, Chris signed on to his first...
During a demonstration of the Weatherford confederate statue, which the city council voted not to remove from the county courthouse grounds, supporters wave a Confederate flag on the city courthouse's street curb. Motorists drive by and honk at the protestors.
James Gray spars with one of his students during a boxing training session. James is an ex-professional boxer and an activist in Weatherford. James works along with his older brother Anthony Crawford and the "Statue Relocation Team" to relocate or remove a confederate statue in Weatherford.
Anthony Crawford (Left) and James Gray (Right) walk the newly discovered cemetery discovered by a caretaker of the property currently being excavated for development. Both brothers are local Weatherford activists fighting to find the slave trade history in their hometown and protest and organize against a confederate statue at the Weatherford courthouse, which the United Confederate Daughters placed.
Anthony Crawford holds a small gravestone that shows the engravings RIP from his Great Great Grandfather. A cemetery discovered by a caretaker of a piece of land in Weatherford, Texas, is reunited with relatives. The graves belong to a family of once enslaved African Americans in the 1800s to 1900s.
A worn-out mural of the town's courthouse fades on the side of a local business in Weatherford, Texas. Weatherford was established in 1858 and has had many courthouses in its time. The courthouse has been destroyed and burnt to the ground three different times in its history.
A member of SRT holds a flag that she says; “This is the flag that pisses them off the most.” A grassroots group called "Statue Relocation Team" protests a confederate statue that stands in front of the Weatherford courthouse. The group has been active in protests since the beginning of 2020 and continues even after city officials unanimously voted to keep the statue.