River By Shanty Boat

Modes told Alabama.com that the purpose of his journey is to speak to people who’s voices aren’t often heard.

He’s a modern day Huck Finn.

This homemade shanty boat is floating down the Tennessee River through Alabama to remind Americans of their 'forgotten history'.

The boat is captained by artist Wes Modes who made the craft entirely from cast off materials claimed from several dumps.

Modes told Alabama.com that the purpose of his journey is to speak to people who’s voices aren’t often heard. 

“I'm really interested to talk to people who don't represent the mainstream cultural story,” Modes said.  “Rivers are more gentrified than they have ever been. Rivers become white and increasingly monied, and that means the river communities that contained a more diverse population - poor people, people of color, native people - those stories are lost.”

Modes' 2016 journey will end when he reaches Paducah, Kentucky where the Tennessee River meets the Ohio River. 


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