A native of Charleston and a descendant of the Gullah community has been chosen to receive one of the most prestigious prizes in America. Mary Jackson, a resident of Johns Island who grew up in Mt. Pleasant, is one of 25 winners of the MacArthur Foundations annual genius grant, a fellowship given to creative individuals distinguished by their efforts to push the boundaries of their respective fields.
The Blessing Quilt of Shipshewana The original descendents of this community, The Potawatomi, known as "Keepers of the Fire," are represented by the appliqué work in the border and the pieced center block titled, "Keepers of the Fire" both of which were inspired by beautiful Potawatomi beadwork sewn onto articles of clothing.
Leroy Campbell (artist) "One of my greatest influences came from artist Jacob Lawrence. I found his work... intriguing, & thoroughly appreciated the Story-Telling Aspects of his art... During my childhood, I listened to the stories my elders shared, & learned about its importance in African American culture. I was inspired to find a way to incorporate what I learned into my art." http://tomjoynerfoundation.org/