"The Old Plantation," South Carolina, about 1790. This famous painting shows Gullah slaves dancing and playing musical instruments derived from Africa. Scholars unaware of the Sierra Leone slave trade connection have interpreted the two female figures as performing a "scarf" dance. Sierra Leoneans can easily recognize that they are playing the shegureh, a women's instrument (rattle) characteristic of the Mende and neighboring tribes.
In 1829, George Moses Horton (1797-1883?) was the 1st Southern black person to publish a collection of poetry. The Hope of Liberty, containing 21 poems, was published in Raleigh, NC. He anticipated proceeds from this volume would pay his way to Liberia. Horton managed to educate himself & established a connection with the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Possible he earned part of his money by writing poems for undergraduates #BlackHistory #BlackExcellence #BlackFact
Carolina Rice Kitchen: The African Connection by Karen Hess http://www.amazon.com/dp/1570032084/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_l7Svvb1373RQG
Bastet was a goddess in ancient Egyptian religion, worshipped as early as the Second Dynasty (2890 BC). As Bast, she was the goddess of warfare in Lower Egypt, the Nile River delta region, before the unification of the cultures of ancient Egypt. Her name is also spelled Baast, Ubaste, and Baset