Eleanor and I returned after a week on Jekyll Island, Georgia. It has been my home away from home. But this past weekend brought that to a close.
The Wanderer Memory Trail opening was a success. I guess I sweated it enough to make it so. Dignitaries from Washington, Atlanta and Charleston were in attendance. The Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters performed and introduced the story of 409 Africans that were subjected -against their will- an horrid, illegal, lethal voyage to become the penultimate group of survivors of the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade to reach the shores of the American South and the last in Georgia. I had taken on this project with limited support and as the time drug on I made new friends, learned much about African American interpretation challenges, was overwhelmed at times by cultural appropriation and white supremacy. From a conceptual plan and formative evaluation to script writing, CADD drawings, long days fabricating each component, overseeing the setting of poles at dawn, getting help from old and new friends... it was a project to remember.
|Dr. Deborah Mack with descendants of original survivor|
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