As I view my painting 'Steal Away' from my Underground Railroad Secret Quilt Code Collection on the new Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor pamphlet, I can't help but to think about the symbolism and purpose of the Underground Railroad that is depicted in this painting. I think of how this system for my ancestors has evolved from guiding people to freedom, to the creation of the Negro Motorist Green Book to now guiding people through the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor.
The corridor spans the coast from Wilmington, North Carolina to Jacksonville, Florida. I am honored and grateful for my art to be used to help market, promote, preserve, and educate others, but I am elated to give honor and appreciation to my ancestors through my art. They have left a treasure trove of culture and contributions for us to share with the world!
So as you 'Steal Away' through the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor this year, pick up the New! pamphlet to help guide you through and learn more about the Gullah Geechee people.
"Showing appreciation goes a mighty long way." - A Very Wise Man
Artist Sonja Griffin Evans