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Hutchinson House

This is a lovely video update on the restoration of the historic African American house on Edisto Island, South Carolina built by the Hutchinson Family. youtu.be/lWLAktLZm-4

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You do know that the banjo is an African instrument, right?! The black roots of country music

From the Washington Post, a riveting listen. podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/post-reports/id1444873564 Emily Yahr, Valerie June and Dina Bennett talk about how black people have been largely excluded from country music — an art form rooted in black history. “What black history has to

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Whitney Plantation in Louisiana. A Slave Museum.

My good friend, Joseph McGill sleeps in Slave Dwellings all over America. His Slave Dwelling Project  bravely shines a steady light on history that has been largely untold. He posted a piece by the Smithsonian today about Whitney Plantation which is a museum

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Hephzipah Jenkins Townsend and the Edisto Island Baptist Church

It is a terrific story. Hephzipah Jenkins wife of Daniel Townsend, of Bleak Hall Plantation, is one of the reasons that the now called African American New Missionary Baptist Church on Edisto Island is flooded by attendees from miles away

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Watch Night. An anniversary. Pray and Resolve.

Happy New Year, my friends! Watch Night is an African American Lowcountry tradition, celebrating the 150 years since the Emancipation Proclamation this year. Watch Night in Charleston South Carolina , click this link to read a beautifully written piece by

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A Man Named Pearl. Garden Art Workshop!

WORKSHOP! August 15, 2012. Charleston. Pearl Fryer, from Bishopville, South Carolina, is one of the rare ones. He creates magical shapes as topiary and continues a tradition of African American yard art in his spiritual and symbolic garden. His story

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Gullah Geechee Cultural Preservation

Preserving the history of this culture, so rich in song and spirit is important. Today’s post is a request for action. Kindly log on to Washington Watch and say “Yes, funding this is important.” For more visit the pages at

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What’s this?

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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