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Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson: Ongoing Catalogue of Art and Exhibitions

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Curator’s comments

Detail image 3: Supplemental photo titled Preparing Rice with Mortar and Pestle. Georgia Archives

During numerous conversations with her great-aunt Cornelia Johnson, Robinson learned that her father's 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

Grinding rice is a tradition that was passed through slavery from Africa to this country. On Sapelo, I saw the remnants of the tools the women used to grind rice and in Africa, I saw women grinding rice in both the Ivory Coast and Senegal.

Visitors’ comments

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Sapelo

Category of Work

Sculpture

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