Music. Slave Songs in Sea Island History

“To the enslaved, these songs were everything.”

I was called to be an artist. And as an old old midwife said to me "If the Lord wants you to do something, you won't have no good luck' til you do." So, here I am, sharing what I love, longing to illuminate the work of art, which is everywhere.

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5 comments on “Music. Slave Songs in Sea Island History
  1. great great grandma was teaching the slaves to read along with Secunda Grimke-ironic,eh?

    • Well, Rev. William Hutson (1720-1761) was hired to teach the slaves to read on Hugh Bryan’s Huspah Plantation, near Garden’s Corner and Sheldon now (which was against the law then). How I wish I could go back and time for a day or two. To really understand.

  2. Margaret says:

    Fascinating and that book is incredible. I used this video on my blog. Thanks for highlighting it.

  3. Cousin Mike here- you’re talkin’ about Secunda’s friend our ancestor Sophronia Lucia Palmer Hutson: at the sametime she was teaching the slaves to read(brave!)her husbandwas helping draft the Ordinance of Secession-what a shame the Yanks,having made THEIR money, couln’t let us evolve out of it

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Welcome to my blog about the Lowcountry of South Carolina, a place proud with beauty, history and art. Sometimes we feel a call, to be, to go, to do. I was called to be an artist, and as an old midwife from Alabama said, “If the good Lord wants you to do something, you won’t have no good luck until you do it.”

So here I am writing about what I know, about the 'under glimmer' as the poet Basho, says, the way I have learned to see, to notice. I am inspired by, and talking about the history and art and culture of this place that has called me to herself. By the ancestors.

My background includes a degree in fine arts from a small private college in Florida, and before that, four years of all girls' boarding school in Asheville. I worked as a professional photographer, helped my children grow up, and now and I love seasoned things, good food, better conversation, beauty, my beloved and beautiful Italian Greyhound, Beau. Moved by the sacred places and stories of this beautiful historic land called the Lowcountry, I am here in spirit and I hope to infect you with my love of this place.

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