Sunday, January 19, 2020

The African American Heritage

Monday, January 20th , is a federal holiday in the US to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King who advocated for racial equality for African Americans without violence. You can read more about him here: Martin Luther King

Some communities will have parades and it is a great opportunity to volunteer in citizen action groups.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is located in West Potomac Park next to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It covers four acres and includes the Stone of Hope, a granite statue of Civil Rights Movement leader Martin Luther King carved by sculptor Lei Yixin.
(Source Wikipedia) 

Some highlights of the African American Heritage in this area:

Mount Zion Methodist Church is an African American church, located in the country.

This school was built in 1925 and was the first 
public school  for African American students,
located across from Mount Zion Methodist Church.

Artist unknown, painted on a storefront
There are not many murals in our area.

NASA Astronaut Dr. Ronald McNair
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The museum holds a collection of original artwork 
by William H. Johnson.
 His "primitivist" style abstract paintings depict the 
African-American experience 
from both a historical and personal perspective.

Major James Capers, Jr. was the first African American
 to command a Force Recon Marine Company and 
to receive a battlefield commission

Nominated for the Medal of Honor

He led more than 50 classified missions and 
wounded in battle 19 times.

Inducted into the Commando Hall of Honor and one of most decorated African American Marines to serve.

Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden in Bishopville.

The topiary sculpture garden contains over 300 individual plants that have  been transformed into abstract shapes.

The power of inspiration of Dr. Martin Luther King gave guidance for people to live their lives to their fullest.

Enjoy your Sunday, have a wonderful week and safe travels.

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

The Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden

The Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden looks amazing 
against the backdrop of blue skies.

The hedgerows frame the main garden to give 
his family some privacy. Most of them were "throwaway plants" from nurseries or given to him by friends. These are large Hollywood junipers.

He had no previous topiary experience when he started to work 
on his garden in the early 1980's. The 
property was a corn field when he bought it.

Pearl spent ten months on his driveway, 
doing most of the work himself.

Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden, Inc. is a nonprofit organization to support and preserve his horticultural legacy. When visiting, donations are accepted in the secured black mailbox.

He planted all the shrubs and trees.

He also designed all the metal sculptures and fountains using scrap metal some incorporating words such as "love" or "peace".

Middle photo shows the Fishbone tree which was planted by Pearl after hurricane Hugo in 1989. It took seven years for this Leyland cypress to grow into this tree and is often described as "fishbone".

"I like to let people see what they want to in my plants. The creativity comes in making a shape that speaks to me in one way but may say something else to everyone else."
Pearl Fryar, Lee County Observer, March  24, 1993

He created this driveway island in the mid 1980's. The short hedge is made of dwarf yaupon hollies (Ilex vomitoria).

" You take the little shoot, and you treat it as if it was a new plant...The fun part is watching it grow." 
Pearl Fryar, Chronicle-Independent, August 30, 1993

Pearl wanted to have his garden reflect a positive 
message for visitors.

"Every individual can make a difference. I think everyone has a contribution to make."
Pearl Fryar, Lee County Observer, June 21, 2006

Pearl maintains his topiary by trimming them every 4-6 weeks.

This square tree, a live oak, was originally round and it 
took him four years to grow it into a square.

His neighbors have a beautiful topiary garden as well. 

In 2007 the Garden Conservancy agreed to help preserve his garden. It is the only national nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving exceptional American gardens for the education and enjoyment of the public.

Wishing you a creative Sunday, a great week ahead 
and safe travels!

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Sunday, January 5, 2020

Sunrise at the Cabin


 Poem by Aleena

Perfect Sunrise

In the early morning sun
Just barely after the rise
The birds chirp

The wind blows
So the grass shivers
And the trees dance

In the breeze
While the robins sings
To find a mate

The rays trickles down
On every living thing
Through the leaves

And through the trees
The dew smells fresh
From last nights rain

The water puddles
Glisten in the sun
Whilst the morning glows
The world was awoken

Wishing you many beautiful sunrises!
Enjoy your Sunday,
have a wonderful week ahead 
and safe travels!

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The African American Heritage Monday, January 20th , is a federal holiday in the US to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King w...