Depictions of Slavery in Confederate and Southern States
Feedback From Visitors
The paintings are fantastic. The colors and the
details are so clear and so sharp, it's as though the scenes and the people have
either jumped off the canvas and taken on life or I have somehow joined them in
Thank you for this insightful look into the history
of this country.
B. M. H
I received a brochure from someone who attended the exhibit and found even the brochure to be exquisite. What a wonderful collection of work. Will the exhibit be in Atlanta--or for that matter, what is the traveling schedule of the exhibit.
It is absolutely amazing to have captured these scenes from
paper currency. John Jones'
findings and renderings have brought visual reality to mental images I have had
of slavery. And oh yes, with so
much color. A time in history which
so often wants to be forgotten, avoided, and skipped over has been brought to an
emotionally stirring forefront once again.
Bravo Mr. Jones!!
Those are some happy looking slaves! Very propagandistic. I was struck by
Moneta, which seems to be telling the Southern Whites, if you have slaves and
grow cotton, you'll get rich.
Mr. Jones might want to consider publishing his paintings
in book form in the same manner as Don Troiani with his Civil War prints. If the appropriate notes were included with the prints, there
could be a diverse market for the book.
My daughter and I met Mr. Jones and his son in Columbia, SC
in August. I was quite impressed with the art work and remembered seeing other
collections of Mr. Jones work in Charleston at a fine art Gallery. To make a
long story short, we visited the Avery Research Institute and thoroughly enjoyed
the exhibition and shared the information with all our friends and family.
(Look were God has brought us from)
PS. My daughter affectionately refers to the collection as "We are on the Money"
Slavery, the culture of the southern states and their
historical links have long interested me. When given the opportunity to visit
friends now living in America (on Lake Hartwell, nr. Clemson, S.C.) for our
honeymoon, we were eager to make the most of our trip of two weeks. Sadly, due
to the events of Sept. 11th, we missed two lectures on 'growing up Gullah', and
the language of Gullah at Clemson University, but hoped to make up for it when
After wandering the streets of downtown Charleston
searching for what we thought was the Slave Mart Museum, we finally came across
the Avery Research Centre. It was here that we were treated to a guided tour,
and then the most poignant exhibition I think I have ever visited. The source
for interpretation was fascinating, the execution was colourful and poignant,
whilst being thought provoking to the viewer. We were enthralled!
In my new post of Marketing & Events Officer, I wish to regularly highlight this facet of Darwin during the month of October, next year, which is Black History month, here in the U.K.
I would dearly love to make contacts with anyone who might be willing to make the trip, to enlighten audiences in this country, by way of art, spoken word, music; anything would be considered.
We enjoyed the color of money exhibition and I am sure that it would be well received here, if it could be considered?
Here's to making more links across the Atlantic!
Very good display, although the
war wasn't about slavery as we all know (those that are truly understanding with
Feedback from Visitors at The Avery Museum
"I was deeply moved. The stories of the lives of slaves via pictures is an excellent reminder of what was and what is...
I wish this exhibit could come to my home town in Ohio.
exhibit was exceptional; very educational"
you! I've never seen anything like it!
feel privileged to see Avery. The
paintings by Mr. Jones were discussed in the Arts section of the N.Y. Times in
May (2001). We are glad to see it in person!" (Cambria Heights, N.Y.)
haunting memory of the exhibit - I had to see it a second time.
The proof of the exploitation."
and Important exhibit! I hope it will travel intact to other places in the
a relief to fill in the blanks of history"
exhibit should be required for all those who claim that the "Civil War
wasn't about slavery." What clever indications of the fact that the South
defined itself in terms of slavery?"
paintings are very beautiful and informative about our heritage."
and well executed exhibit" Madison, WI
education; good time to see the South in its proper perspective!"
for the experience!" Pittsburgh, PA
is a very special place" Lexington, KY
has given me a different view of my history. Thank You!"
exhibit is wonderful. The artist
shows expressions of creativity."
done and culturally interesting" Huntington
interesting and enjoyable" Newport
interesting exhibit-well displayed." Durham,
wonderful depiction of history!" "It
is fascinating to see the art of money displayed so beautifully."
North Berwick, ME
that we were the source of their income!"
This is the heritage that Old Wragg
supporters mean." Charleston,
concept and a service to us all." Washington,
Color of Money was outstanding." Upland,
to be forgotten." Columbia, SC
new view on Currency." Charleston, SC
use of colors, the idea for the exhibit, the location and history of this
building - all are grand." Charleston,
One of the most moving experiences of my life." State College, PA
is wonderful! The students will
have a deeper sense of who and where they are from."
impressive! Mr. Jones has done a
fantastic work." Greensboro,
our people need to know," Atlanta, GA
Cotton remains almost sacred to our people.
We still feel the blood, sweat and tears our ancestors shed in its
fields." Bladensburg, MD
Very interesting and a point of view which appears not very often in South
interesting and instructive! I wish
I could come again."
were very happy to get some really interesting facts about Afro-American
John Jones artwork was very impressive-message and art impressive.
I am glad to hear about the outreach program.
Keep up the good work!"