(Locator: Cape Cod, Massachusetts)
As with any artist, there is more heart than hand
in this work, inspired by dark days in the civil rights struggle.
Pamela Chatteron-Purdy, Artist: “You wouldn’t stone an animal and kill
it. Why would anybody stone a black person and kill them?”
After marching hand-in-hand with African Americans in the ‘60s, Cape Cod
artist Pamela Chatterton-Purdy adopted an African-American son and
another child of Vietnamese and African-American descent … and learned
firsthand about discrimination.
Pamela Chatterton-Purdy, Artist: “We had people
that told us that we were bringing incest into the family because we had
now a black son. Martin Luther King and so many martyrs lost their
lives just struggling for their constitutional right to have a full life
like most Americans.”
Now works in wood and gold leaf memorialize 16 people and events
critical to the civil rights movement.
Artist shows icon: “Children’s crusade,
Birmingham, Alabama. Over one thousand children jailed.”
This lifelong United Methodist sees the icons as windows to the soul.
They are on view in the Boston state house, schools and churches.
The Rev. Wesley Williams, Orleans United Methodist:
“It’s a perfect fusion of art and information. This needs to be seen.”
Ruth Bournazian/Member, Orleans United Methodist Church: “It certainly
brings you back to a very sad time in our history. Hopefully, one that
will never happen again.”
Dan Freitis, Cape Cod Resident: “I sense the holiness of what they
portray. And the struggle of a people to be free.”
Pancheta Peterson, Cape Cod Resident: “Those who forget the past are
bound to repeat it. We are already being resegregated in housing and in
education. Perhaps this will jolt us back to reality.”
To view the full civil rights icon collection
online or for more information about the artist and upcoming exhibits,
you can visit her Web site at
http://www.chatterton-purdyart.com or call 508-430-1422.
Artist creates icons of the civil rights movement