I’m working on a new painting for the 2016 National Underground Railroad Conference on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
As I begin to paint, I think about the life of Harriet Tubman. I think of how the year 2016 and the place where this conference is being held is so historically and spiritually significant. I am so honored and humbled to be the featured artist and to have my painting 'Forty Acres and A Mule' to not only commemorate Historic Mitchelville, but to represent the 2016 National Underground Railroad Conference; an important, epic, historical event.
2016 is the year Harriet Tubman was announced to be placed on U.S. currency; the twenty dollar bill. It is a symbol of how valuable her life's contribution is to the true meaning of American Freedom. This year's National Underground Railroad Conference being held on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, 'Home of Historic Mitchelville'
is so profound.
I remember reading an article written in the Island Packet that asked what Harriet Tubman did on Hilton Head Island. It stated that Harriet Tubman slept there. The famous Underground Railroad freedom fighter, Harriet Tubman, was sent to Hilton Head to see this bustling town, so she could share the story of Mitchelville’s self-governed success with future freedmen towns. Harriet not only slept there. She witnessed the birth of a new nation. She experienced, right before her eyes, the manifestation of an act of God. She saw a living testament of her life's purpose. Harriet basked in the fulfillment of God's Word of receiving the desires of her heart; her answered prayers for others to taste the sweet fruit of Freedom. She partook in the events that were leading to the very moment of true 'Freedom for All.' It was the Era of Reconstruction. Mitchelville stood for Heaven on earth. The 'Dawn of Freedom'.
I began to read this quote by Harriet Tubman,
“If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If there's shouting after you, keep going. Don't ever stop. Keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going.”
I would further add, “If you see the deconstruction of 'Reconstruction' keep going. Freedom is yours. Own it. "
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina had the pleasure of welcoming the 'Mother of Freedom', Harriet Tubman. I believe for her, Mitchelville was a place that provided rest for the weary and spurred hope for brighter days to come.
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