Birth and Rebirth
by Chello Sherman
Re-PLACE-ing Philadelphia is building an expanded archive of cultural memory that includes multiple histories, re-place-ing the established with new narratives and understandings. Notes from invited artists and community members consider place via the street, sound, food, trees, and other portals.
Chello Sherman shares a song that captures Philly for her, from being a young child to coming back as a student with children of her own.
I was born in Philadelphia in 1962, my father was a police officer and I remember listening to the radio during some difficult times with my mother worried for his safe return. I remember the parks and walking to school and the music that I heard through the rush of the wind in the trees. Coming back here as a student, it is even more dynamic—the sounds of the train stations and the streets, the people and the cars hushing past with bits of music emerging from their open windows. Philly is an amazing place.