A Woman of Many Faces
Signed & Embellished Giclee on Canvas
24" x 30"
“A Woman of Many Faces” represents a tri-racial woman born in 1820 among a community of “exiled” persons of color and mixed heritage. DNA tests confirm that she was of African, Asian and European descent and that her ancestors were on American soil since the early 1600s in the area now known as Washington, DC. Her ancestors were among those banished to the frontier areas of North Carolina, The Great Dismal Swamp, when laws were changed to outlaw emancipation and interracial marriage. 1850 census records report her as “free,” but she was a single mother of 4 sons fathered by a wealthy white plantation owner who never acknowledged them.
Today, many of her descendants identify as African-American and Native American; some are white and know nothing of her story; and some are living in families even more mixed than the one she knew. The challenges remain the same, as does the hope for a world of acceptance.
Artist: Cynthia Sanchez
This is one of many pieces from Black Dreams Matter on exhibit at our bricks and mortar gallery in downtown Culver City. Please visit us on Main Street or call 310-836-4600.
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