Strange Fruit

Winona, Texas, is a small town situated northeast of Tyler in the Piney Woods of East Texas. Approximately 100 miles east of Dallas, the town isn't much to speak of, with a population of less than 1,000. Unfortunately, Winona is best-known for the pollution, disease and death left in the wake of a toxic waste facility that operated there between 1982 and 1998, a story covered by People, Texas Monthly and former Dallas Observer staff writer Ann Zimmerman (see "Chemical Warrior," September 10, 1998). Tammy-Cromer Campbell, an East Texas photographer, worked pro bono with Winona resident and activist Phyllis Glazer in the mid-'90s to create a poster for MOSES (Mothers Organized to Stop Environmental Sins), a nonprofit group started by Glazer to fight the toxic waste facility that had left so many of Winona's residents with birth defects and cancer. Touched by the stories of Winona, she continued to document the town's struggles with her plastic Holga camera, creating the images collected in her new book, Fruit of the Orchard: Environmental Justice in East Texas. Cromer-Campbell's photographs go on display Saturday at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney Ave., with an opening reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The exhibit continues from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday through February 23. Call 214-953-1622 or visit
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Starts: Jan. 17. Continues through Feb. 23
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Noah W. Bailey
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