Georgia Voter Suppression Bill Signed With Slave Plantation Painting Behind
ONInsult to Injury, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp metaphorically seemed to turn its nose on its black critics, particularly through the signing of the state Voter suppression Bill while sitting in front of a painting of a “breakback” Plantation slave labor “thrived”.
Kemp signed the bill Thursday night amid national outcry over the restrictions the new law would disproportionately impose on black and brown people. The Georgia State Patrol even forcibly arrested democratic state officials. Park cannon – a black woman – for demanding transparency by knocking on Kemp’s closed office door while he was signing the bill.
At least visually, things were bad enough.
But then Will Bunch, a national opinion maker for the Philadelphia Inquirer, posted a Twitter thread Friday morning drawing attention to the plantation painting that hung on Kemp’s office wall and was so prominently displayed while the governor was signing the bill.
1. You’ve probably seen this picture of Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and his group of white men who signed the state electoral repression bill – the new, new Jim Crow. But there’s a shocking angle to this story that you haven’t heard. Sit down for this one … pic.twitter.com/edHPmyeoiu
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Bunch’s revelation immediately underscored the terror engendered by the sheer imagery of a southern plantation, while also recalling a dirty time in American history when blacks had no right to vote at all.
The Twitter thread pointed to a website that had more information about the painting, but not necessarily about the plantation. The painting, named “Brickhouse Road (Callaway PLNT),” is named after the infamous Calloway Plantation, which is described in more detail, but not in detail, on another website.
According to the Washington-Wilkes Historical Foundation, the Calloway Plantation is still the “Brick House” where the Calloway family lived from 1869 to 1910 – “the time when the plantation flourished”.
Also on the plantation site was the Dally Slave Cabin, a neighborhood that was built in 1840. This is conspicuously the only reference to slavery on this website.
“The advertising pages gloss over the fact that Callaway Plantation only thrived during the Civil War because of the groundbreaking work of more than 100 slaves kept in cruel human bondage,” Bunch points out on his Twitter thread.
Bunch cited a genealogy website that documented the oral life story of a woman born into slavery on the Calloway Plantation. Mariah Calloway’s “Narrative” dealt with some of the harsh realities in Calloway Plantation, including a prison for slaves that the Master had to “punish” for trying to escape.
The bill was signed in front of the plantation painting at a time when there was an alleged racist reckoning and widespread effort to remove symbols from white supremacy from state property. Georgia, in particular, has refused to remove such images, including Confederate monuments.
This story will be updated.
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