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An Art Story from Savannah

An Art Story from Savannah

Today I was suppose to introduce our first artist in the art story series. But after spending the day exploring, I’m sharing an art story from Savannah. Savannah has been on my list to visit for a very long time. I wanted to explore the town, visit the closest beach and enjoy the food. On the drive here, we passed a few cotton fields and I couldn’t help but think of the history of cotton as it relates to black people in America. I made a point to visit some of the art in the city dedicated to my ancestors. 

Art Story from Savannah – The African-American Monument

On the famous River St. which is bustling with tourist, entertainment, views of the river and more sits a sculpture dedicated to the people brought here from Africa. It is known as the African American monument but as a women of Caribbean descent, I embrace it as a piece of art dedicated to all of us whose ancestors were brought here from Africa. 

An Art Story from Savannah

The irony in the background is not lost on me. 

An Art Story from Savannah

These hands. 

An Art Story from Savannah

These hands.

An Art Story from Savannah

Broken chains. 

An Art Story from Savannah

I thought of my own children. 

An Art Story from Savannah

Strength

It reads…

“We were stolen, sold and bought together from the African continent. We got on the slave ships together. We lay back to belly in the holds of the slave ships in each others excrement and urine together, sometimes died together, and our lifeless bodies thrown overboard together. Today, we are standing up together, with faith and even some joy.” Dr. Maya Angelou

An Art Story from Savannah

Looking out from where they came. 

An Art Story from Savannah. 

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  • Reply
    Lashawn
    November 13, 2017 at 4:13 AM

    The last time we went to Savannah I didn’t get to explore as much as I wanted to! I can’t wait to go back and see this sculpture!

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      M J
      November 13, 2017 at 9:13 AM

      This one is a must see as is the one dedication to the Haitian soldiers in the American Revolution. I have a whole list of places to see next time. I love it there.

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