This land art installation at Sandy Spring Museum, Sandy Spring•Maryland references the long standing tradition by slaves and their descendants of decorating graves to honor the dead. As part of a burial ritual rooted in Africa, mourners placed symbolic objects on a gravesite that were thought to embody the spirit of the deceased and keep their memory and legacy alive. Grave Goods commemorates a burial custom my grandmother told me about that was performed by older members of her family in Texas about the turn of the twentieth century.

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