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Ebo Landing

Ebo Landing (originally Igbo, also Ibo) is a small moment in the historical southem past. The legend that remains is a reminder of a life and the tradgedy of slavery. Women and men from the Ebo tribe were brought from southern Nigeria, in the western part of Africa, to Savannah, Georgia to be auctioned off as slaves. Two families from St. Simons Island, Georgia purchased these slaves and had them shipped to the Island on a ship named Morovia.

The captain's own slave was the first to commit suicide by drowning in Dunbar Creek. Then the Ebo chief began chanting, "The Sea brought me and the Sea will bring me home." There was no questioning the chief's decisions. They all began chanting together. Chained one to the other, they came into port and were lead toward the dock. But, instead of walking onto the bank into a life of slavery, they all turned and followed their chief into the depths of Dunbar Creek. The painting is a representational piece reflecting the several African cultures and people that were affected in the Old South way of life.

Ebo Landing
Ebo Landing - Dee Williams - 4' x 8' Oil on Wood.
The painting above was on display at the former Coastal Center for the Arts.

Arts and crafts in everyday life are symbols stemming from African religion. This was in every part of their lives, it can be seen in jewelry, the patterns in their clothes, cooking utensils, homes and religious ceremonies. The amber headdress is worn by women in mourning at a death ceremony. The royal touraco feather protects the Swazi from evil. Patterns in the chief's robe has a woven message inspired from a Kente design called Aberewa ben, "He is omnipotent." He carries a staff from the Messiah tribe bearing the hand and gold key which means "God opens all doors." The snake tattoo biting it's own tail is Aido-Wedo, the god which connects the heavens with the waters.

They say the Ebo tribe still haunts the landing and you can hear the chains and their chants "The Sea brought me and the Sea will bring me home."