I would be remiss if I didn’t give my favorite sister’s book a plug on my blog. Michele Nicole Johnson recently published her second book titled Images of America: Sapelo Island’s Hog Hammock. From the back cover, Michele invites us to look beyond previous writings about the island by providing us with visuals and information that allows a peek into the lives of the people of Hog Hammock.
"Hog Hammock, located on Georgia’s Sapelo Island, is only accessible by ferry or private boat. It is one of the last island-based Gullah-Geechee communities in America – a living connection to West African languages, folkways, and spiritual traditions. With its dirt roads and tin-roofed houses, Hog Hammock is the site of a social hall, two historic Baptist churches, and a former schoolhouse, all built by the descendants of slaves. Behavior Cemetery has burial sites that date back 200 years. Much has been written about the people of Hog Hammock and Sapelo Island, mostly documenting their lives as slaves and then as landowning free people working for millionaires who reshaped the island into their own personal retreats. But there is another part of the island’s story, one filled with entrepreneurs, skilled craftsmen, and community leaders, that is told here in Images of America: Sapelo Island’s Hog Hammock.
Author Michele Nicole Johnson first visited Hog Hammock as a newspaper journalist and described the island as a place so linked to its history one can almost see the footsteps of the ancestors. She now lives in the community, where she is a freelance writer, an artist, and the manager of the Hog Hammock Public Library."
Images of America: Sapelo Island’s Hog Hammock can be purchased at http://www.amazon.com/ for $14.95 plus shipping and handling. Support a fellow artist by ordering your copy today!