Igbo Landing is an impressive painting, by Diana "Dee" Larue Williams, depicting an event that occurred on the coast of Georgia in 1803. It has always been the desire of the artist that the painting, Igbo Landing, be on permanent display in a local museum and available to the public. The St. Simons African-American Heritage Coalition has expressed their interest in making that part of Ms. Williams dream come true by agreeing to accept the painting for display at the Harrington School museum. This property is close to the actual site -- Igbo Landing.
That brings us to YOU!
Ms. Williams is not a wealthy woman. Igbo Landing is her legacy. The money she will recieve from your donations will help pay her medical bills and give her financial peace of mind. Monetary contributions are needed. By contributing, you will make it possible.
The funds raised will be used to purchase the painting,
The painting will then be gifted to the St. Simons African-American Heritage Coalition by you, the donors.
Igbo Landing is not only a beautifully researched rendering of the legend of Igbo Landing, it is a skillfully painted work of art. The piece is 4 feet by 8 feet and framed. It is oil on panel. It took the artist 7 years to complete after much research and is her most important work.
In the spring of 1803, a slave ship entered Dunbar Creek to offload its cargo of people from the African Igbo tribe. The Igbo were noted and prized for their knowledge of rice cultivation and were brought to the Georgia coast to enter a life of slavery. Instead of accepting this life of slavery, chained together, they walked into the water chanting, "the water brought us and the water will take us home." Most drowned. Those who lived through the tragedy and those who witnessed the event kept the story alive as an oral history until the 1980s when documentation was discovered that would reveal the legend as historical fact.
This painting is not just the story of the Igbo at Dunbar Creek. It is layered with symbols of the many different African tribes sold into slavery off the coasts of North and South America.
Due to Dee's health condition, her daughter Jada Rose Williams, has power of attorney from her mother to accept the funds raised. Please be assured that ALL funds raised will be recieved by Dee and greatly appreciated.
The painting can be viewed at SoGlo Gallery, 1413 Newcastle Street in downtown Brunswick GA. The gallery has foregone any and all commissions related to this sale. All funds will go to the artist, the painting will go to St. Simons African-American Heritage Coalition, and YOU will have made a dream come true!
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