The Wanderer Project is important to anyone interested in American history, and especially the African American experience.
The project is a multi-disciplinary study of African and African-American cultural survivals in the American South. We study it’s history and it’s influence on Southern pottery, and folklore which carries us back to Africa. Face jugs to be more exact- we investigate into this mysterious tradition that is still unfolding today.
More so, we delve into the lives of a particular group of enslaved Africans and the challenges they faced as they became part and parcel of the American story. Readers will encounter the rarely known circumstances of the survivors of the slave ship, Wanderer and learn the experiences and contributions of this particular group and their descendants.
The project brings cultural historians, anthropologists, archaeologists, collectors and the public together in a forum that explores, synthesizes and publishes new information on this remarkable story and the impact this particular group of enslaved Africans had on American history. They were the last to be brought to Georgia’s Jekyll Island shores in 1858.
The Wanderer Project has grown to encompass a wide range of activities from research to books, articles and documentary development. In addition to project director April Hynes, it now involves many other individuals and institutions . They have taken an interest in the wealth of new information the project has revealed about the lives of the enslaved and their descendants.
The result of this effort is to be found in these pages, and in books, television programs, scholarly articles, lectures and forthcoming films. We invite you to start here, and begin a journey that has its roots in the rich lands, culture and traditions of nineteenth century Africa which flowered amidst the historic potteries of South Carolina’s Old Edgefield District.
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EDGEFIELD FACE VESSEL
EXHIBIT AT MILWAUKEE MUSEUM OF ART.2012,
Face Jugs: Art and Ritual in 19th-Century South Carolina
(Edgefield Face Vessel
Face Vessel Created by Ward Lee, (Cilucangy) Survivor of the Slave Ship Wanderer. Circa 1870--1890
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