Rachel Williams

Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies and Art & Art History
University of Iowa

Dr. Rachel Marie-Crane Williams, is an artist, teacher, and scholar with a joint appointment between the School of Art & Art History (Intermedia) and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies. Her work as a researcher and creative scholar has always been focused on women’s issues, community, art, and people who are incarcerated. During her residency at the Obermann Center, she will be working on a book. Run home if you don't want to be killed: The Detroit Riot of 1943 is a graphic history based on a series of events that led to the worst race riot in 1943. This graphic history is a hybrid text composed of stories, history, and images; it is designed to challenge people's assumptions about race, culture, and violence in the United States during World War ll. In 1943 there were approximately 242 disturbances that were racially motivated in 48 different cities throughout the country. The riot that occurred in Detroit was the worst from that year.