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Driven by his divine faith, Joe Minter started building his own African American village in the southwest part of Birmingham. He said that his initiative to build the place began when he followed the Divine Road Map since 1989. This little village was made out of scrap ? from old sports equipments, baking pans, footwear, lawn decorations, and a lot of toys and dolls.

His theme African-American with little diversions is shown through African masks, feathered headdresses, and aluminum crutches on poles. Visitors would be welcomes by Joe?s hand-painted plywood placards lettered with historical facts and Biblical passages.

At the back of the African-American yard is a tower made of five satellite dishes with ?JESUS? spelled on it. Joe said that over 100,000 Africans were buried underground. He also built a representation of the World Trade Center towers by using rusty sheets of corrugated iron. Flags and other sign board express phrases like ?USA Anthrax?, ?USA the end?, and ?God save us?.

Many believe that Joe?s creations tend to be a political and moral expression of one self. Some tagged him as an African warrior. In fact, he made use of scrap materials to create a mimic of the death penalty chair to represent his personal stand in regarding the death penalty sentence.
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