Reading the history of Emanuel AME known as 'Mother Emanuel' the meaning of my painting 'Me and My Chillun'' became clear. Mother Emanuel was formed by both free and enslaved blacks. The church was burned to the ground in 1822 after the arrest of Denmark Vesey's planning of a slave revolt. in 1834 its doors were closed due to a law prohibiting African Americans from worshipping without white overseers and consequently had to worship in secret throughout the Civil War. The church building was severely damaged in the earthquake of 1886 and had to be rebuilt in its current form in 1891.
Leanne S. Lovell-Wiedeman
7/30/2015 07:30:59 am
My dear friend and I went to Savannah for a couple of days. On the way back to Spartanburg, where she lives, we decided to take a detour to Beaufort, SC. Feeling a need for direction, we found the Chamber of Commerce and decided to get some info. As we walked in the office, we were very pleasantly greeted by 'Janey' and as I looked to the right of the counter, I saw 'The Freedom Dance' picture. IT SPOKE TO ME RIGHT AWAY, AND I JUST HAD TO HAVE IT. My friend also fell in love with it and the two of us purchased the last two, # 13 and #19/150. Thank you for adorning our homes and our hearts!
8/18/2015 12:15:36 am
Thank you for your support. It is a pleasure to have my art hang in your homes. Freedom Dance is one of my favorite pieces. I must say Janey has a wonderful spirit.
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