Columbus Museum of Art

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'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

This Memory Map takes you through the Hog Hammock community. Mattie Carter is working on quilts on the side of her bed-that is the First African Baptists Church-there's Alan Green, basket maker-there's the Johnson Country Store, which is still there and operated-and people walking to Behavior Cemetery, where the gravestones are decorated with objects of the deceased. Many of the buildings are made of ground-up oyster shells. They have a lot of long grain cotton that they pick and rise that the women grind. The river is where people go to be baptized.

Visitors’ comments



Exhibition history

Symphonic Poem, CMA 2002 and tour 2006-07

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