More Than a Number

“T. McClain is an exacting young man. He wears a pale yellow polo shirt buttoned to his Adam’s apple. In that habit he mirrors Marcus Tucker, who does the same with his gray polo shirt. In another context, they might be mistaken for son and father or maybe student and teacher. They are instead ward and supervisor. McClain is currently an occupant of the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center and Tucker is the center’s senior services coordinator, and, therefore, McClain’s gatekeeper to the outside world.

Earlier that morning, McClain and eight other teens, all occupants of the detention center, all determined to be seen as more than occupants of the detention center, climb into a white van with Tucker and head downtown to Art 180, where they are working on their upcoming exhibition.”

Read the full article in the Richmond Magazine.

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