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Quick Fact Friday 2020-03-20
Posted on Mar 19th, 2020

Mary Jackson is a master craftswoman who elevates the utilitarian sweetgrass basket to high art. Ms. Jackson learned to make baskets at the knees of her mother and grandmother when she was just a child. As an adult, she began to realize that the baskets, made by so many in her Mount Pleasant community, represented a link to her own African ancestry. Her baskets have been exhibited in major museums throughout the country, including the Smithsonian, and in 2008 she was honored with the coveted MacArthur Fellowship "Genius Grant". We are fortunate to have the Mary Jackson Gallery at our own Gibbes Museum in downtown Charleston. If you haven't seen Ms. Jackson's work, the Gibbes has several outstanding examples in its permanent collections.
 
 
For more information: Gibbes Museum: Mary Jackson and Sciway.net
 
The Town of Mount Pleasant Historical Commission releases Quick Fact Fridays about the history of Mount Pleasant and about the Commission, its programs and activities. Historical facts are drawn largely from the Our History section of the Town's website and the Commission's own Mount Pleasant Historical website and app. Follow their links by clicking on the images below to discover what makes Mount Pleasant such a distinctive historical place!  To receive Quick Fact Friday messages click here to subscribe. Email us at kdolan@tompsc.com if you're interested in learning more about a particular Mount Pleasant history topic!
 
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