Gabrielle E. W. Carter

A Non-Compensable Narrative from Holly Springs Road
The term non-compensable is used when items both tangible and intangible are valuated as monetarily worthless in the process of Eminent domain. Eminent domain is the right of a government or its agent to expropriate private property for public use, with payment of compensation. Many of the residents on Holly Springs road have been removed through the use of eminent domain, to clear room for a highway off-ramp and associated road widening. In this collection we look at value from a different vantage point, and begin to reimagine our inheritance while honoring sacred space and the passing of our familial food traditions. —Gabrielle E.W. Carter



Abundance from the Summer Garden preserved for Fall/ Winter, 2017

Alter Space

My grand-uncle Andrew Lee’s wood work peering back at me, as she protects the treasure on his counter, 2017

Fry before jābey

Frying chicken to smother in gravy, 2017

Lesson on Field Peas

After shelling the field peas harvest hours before, they are sorted before being cooked to store for Winter, 2018


Passing time before supper, 2017

End of Summer Wine Make

This is one of many food traditions that has been passed down through the act, not written down, performed for the next to learn, 2018

Turnip Patch

Historically in many rural Black communities the turnip salad patch has served as communal sustenance. When 1 person plants a large patch, it is tradition to let your folk come pick, free of charge. This tradition continues in many yards and neighborhoods, and it symbolizes many of the cooperative values instilled in self-determining food systems created by Black communities


This video shows myself and my Grandfather, Mayfield Woodard crossing the street back home after dinner at uncle Andrew’s. This is the street that is being expanded from 2 into 7 lanes wide, 2017.

Pear Preserves Day 1

Learning that the secret to pear preserves is that it takes two days if you make them right, 2018


Reveling and learning, photo taken by Anauria Woodard, 2018


His home was demolished in Fall 2019, the welcome, much like this archive persists, 2017