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Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson: Ongoing Catalogue of Art and Exhibitions

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Curator’s comments

During numerous conversations with her great-aunt Cornelia Johnson, Aminah learned that her father's ancestors had been slaves on Sapelo Island, Georgia. After the Civil War, the ex-slaves established their own communities on Sapelo. Hog Hammock is the only community that survives. Almost its entire population of seventy is descended from slaves. The remainder of the island, about 97 percent, is owned by the State of Georgia.

Artist’s comments

This quilt is about the spirit of the history of Sapelo Island. The face in the lower right- hand corner is my mother. It took years to do this one face. I stripped the woolen material and hand dyed it. Each piece of wool yarn was hooked from underneath with a tool that I made. The faces on the Sapelo Quilt are not only the faces of my mother and grandmothers, but also the women of Hog Hammock. I celebrate all of these women. For me, they are one community.

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