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Wordly Possessions: One man’s journey from Venezuela to Philadelphia

Straight from the First Person Museum Online Gallery this week’s featured story comes to us from Abdel from Philly! I first met Abdel this fall at the First Person Museum table at Outfest organized by Philly Pride Presents, Inc. Abdel traded his story “Prayer Connection” about his medal of the Divino Nino (Divine Child Jesus) for one of our First Person Museum tote bags!

But Abdel’s isn’t just featured in the First Person Museum, he’s also been featured at the Philadelphia Museum of Art! This past Saturday, Abdel shared his story about his medal with us again. This time, he told his story at our Caribbean StoryCircle, Worldly Possessions as part of the First Person Museum and Michelangelo Pistoletto: Cittadellarte exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Twelve storytellers from countries across the Caribbean Ocean gathered around Pistoletto’s mirrored table formed in the shape of the Caribbean coastline to tell the stories behind objects that represent where they’ve come from and who they are today. For more information about the Michelangelo Pistoletto: Cittadellarte visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art official website.

Abdel also performed during the First Person Festival of Memoir and Documentary Art this year in the World Premiere Play, Prison 101, a monologue-driven theater piece created by the men of Graterford Prison. Through this work the playwrights reveal the stories of how they landed in prison and what they have done to reclaim their lives since becoming incarcerated. Read what the Montgomery News had to say about Prison 101.

Prayer Connection
Abdel, Philadelphia, PA

Theme: Empowered
Object Type: Stuff I Wear

The night before I moved in to the U.S. from Venezuela, my dear friend Maria came to my house to give me a medal of the Divino Nino (Divine Child Jesus) to protect me. After more than twelve years, I still have it. My medal reminds me of the value of my friend’s love and the power of prayer.

Read Abdel’s official entry.

Now you too can be featured in a Museum! Upload your story to our First Person Museum Online Gallery today. Select from Themes such as “Empowered” and choose from Object Types like “Stuff I Wear.” Read more stories at firstpersonmuseum.org.

Next week’s featured story could be yours!

-Becca Jennings

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