Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience
Antique linen napkin with digital embroidery
This napkin traces the recent archeological surveys of unmarked graves of the ‘negro burying ground’ at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. The artists visited the site and consulted with the Archeology Lab at Mount Vernon, learning about the burial practices of the peoples who were enslaved at Mount Vernon in the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as the layered histories of the site, from pre-historic Native American hunting ground to sacred 21st century meaning.
The title is a reference to the 110th rule in a 110 Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation, which George Washington copied out by hand at age 16.
Centennial of the Everyday is a collaboration of Lauren Frances Adams and Stewart Watson
images courtesy Vince Lupo