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Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson: Selected Database

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Curator’s comments

During numerous conversations with her great-aunt Cornelia Johnson, Robinson learned that her father´┐Żs ancestors had lived as slaves on Sapelo Island, Georgia. After the war, the ex-slaves established their own communities on Sapelo. Hog Hammock is the only community that survives and almost its entire population of seventy is descended from slaves. The rest of the island is owned by the state of Georgia.

Artist’s comments

This necklace is long and narrow to show the man with the cart walking down Shell Road in Sapelo. The red and pink buttons are like a reflection of the shell road and the blue buttons are symbolic of the indigo industry on the island during the 1800s. The slaves used the indigo blue on the shutters of their quarters because they believed it protected against illness and evil.

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