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Re: Anyone know anything about slave arts other than quilts?


From: The Hammond Family (bhammond_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon May 26 2003 - 12:58:09 PDT

Seagrass baskets can be found in SOUTH Carolina - check around the
Charleston area.
African American slaves also did "face jugs" from pottery - check out the
North Carolina Pottery Center on the web for contemporary non-African
American images. Several pots around by the slave "Dave the Potter".
Also a freed slave around Raleigh NC, Thomas Day - a wonderful cabinet maker
and woodworker.
A painter, Joshua Johnston (sometimes listed as Johnson), 1765-1830, also a
freed slave, a portrait painter
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Subject: Anyone know anything about slave arts other than quilts?

> I know they probably were so busy working that they didn't have much
> time for crafts, but I am about to start researching for one of our art
> a la carte units on African American Art. The history teachers really
> want to have us come up with some crafts that were brought over from
> Africa. Textiles is about all I know about offhand. One teacher said
> something about seagrass basketry. Not sure where to look for that.
> She said she would try to find something about it while she is in NC
> this summer. But, do any of you know of anything else related to this
> topic? I can't resist throwing in Jacob Lawrence's Harriet Tubman
> series, even though he is 20th century. I think that the topic is so
> pervasive throughout African American art past and present that you
> can't ignore the more contemporary art due to the fact that the subject
> won't ever be forgotten. Ok....ideas anyone?
> Linda
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