Philly artist wins $100K craft prize for her work remembering Black ancestors

Peter Crimmins for WHYY
Part of what makes Gbadebo’s work extraordinary is the relationship it represents with her ancestors. Not only does she know their names and where they lived more than 150 years ago, but she is able to visit them at the cemetery. She said she goes to True Blue cemetery, near Fort Motte, South Carolina, a few times a year, sometimes to help maintain the land, other times to get materials for her artwork.
June 23, 2023