On May 13, 1985 at 5:27pm, the City of Philadelphia dropped a bomb into a make-shift bunker on the roof of 6221 Osage Avenue, a row-home in West Philadelphia, a place known to be inhabited by Black children, Black women and Black men. The family, surname Africa, were considered to be Radical. Black. Revolutionaries. Also, "enemy combatants."
The roof was on fire. The Philadelphia Fire Department was well represented on the scene. The fire burned without intervention for nearly an hour. As a result, 11 people, including 5 children, were killed. 60 homes burned to the ground. 250 people were left homeless. Government officials, including the city's first Black Mayor, enacted their plan with impunity. The Black Body Curve/Free Poem Experience is in response to the events and aftermath of that day.