The Voice of Hope Church and Worship Center’s African Redemptive Struggle (ARS) Museum is the first museum to fully explore the anti-slavery collective resistance waged by self liberated Africans from 1526 to 1868 featuring paintings by Gullah interpretive realism painter Brother Nizar.
This exhibition opened September 7 at 249 Saint Philip Street in the historic IAME (Independent African Methodist Episcopal) church building built in 1898.
While academic and public attention is being placed upon the 1619 to 2019, Jamestown Virginia experience, many people are unaware of the 1526 collective (African) resistance and (Slave) revolt in what is now modern-day Georgetown, South Carolina. San Miguel deGualdape at Winyah Bay was the site where the first enslaved Africans during the transatlantic slave era was brought to these shores by the Spanish government in an attempt to build a colony. Lucas Vasquez de Allyon, a Spanish Magistrate, brought 100 African men from the island of Hispaniola to build a colony at Winyah Bay. The Africans, with the assistance of the native American population, freed themselves and the colony was aborted. This was nearly 100 years before the Jamestown Virginia experience in 1619. Those Africans at Winyah Bay became the first non-native peoples to peacefully coexist with native Americans.
The African Redemptive Struggle Museum challenges contemporary scholars to investigate strategic level thinking of Africans and alliances they established with Spain, England and numerous Native American Nations to flee the South and the eventual repatriation of Africa at Sierra Leone in 1792.
The featured artist, Brother Nizar, a Gullah interpretive realism painter, is considered by many to be “The Father of Anti-Slavery Collective Resistance Art.”
While there have been several exhibition of his work over the years there has never been a true retrospective exhibition. Nizar’s paintings can be found prominently displayed in the Summerville Dorchester Museum in Summerville, the Colleton County Memorial Library in Walterboro, the City of Charleston Parking Services office, City of Charleston Livability and Tourism office, and in numerous private collections.
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