“Taking Pause”: Brown Skin and Blue Uniform

April 22, 2021
Toni M. shared her story for "Taking Pause," a public art installation in downtown Princeton. Photo: Robin Resch

“I am more than my brown skin and have much more depth than my blue uniform,” wrote Toni M., a local woman reflecting on the tensions in her identity as a black police officer. She contributed the remark to the Princeton edition of Taking Pausea new public art installation hosted by the Princeton University Humanities Council and the Arts Council of Princeton.

Located in Dohm Alley, near the corner of Nassau and Witherspoon Streets, Taking Pause displays portraits and stories collected by Robin Resch surrounding the question, “What is irreplaceable to you?” Visitors can submit their own responses at takingpause.net.

The full photos and words of Toni M., along with other participants, will be free to view in Dohm Alley through October. Each month, the Humanities Council will highlight one community member from the exhibition.

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