Memories of the Good Old Days

Object Details

Date
1995
Medium
mixed media
Dimensions
15 7/8 × 19 5/16 × 18 1/4 in. (40.4 × 49 × 46.3 cm)
Caption
Simon Jackson (1959-) preserves history by making models, often of buildings in his rural community of Eads, Tennessee. In “Memories of the Good Old Days,” Jackson documents his own family history in meticulous miniature. He replicates his grandparents’ homeplace in a rendering replete with finely-wrought details, such as handmade bricks. The self-taught African American artist notes, “This piece is an exact model of a little three-room shack which was built in Shelby County in the 1800s for sharecroppers. Eventually bought by Raymond Dickey, it was the home and shelter for my grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jackson, who were farmers.” A brick chimney rises above the weathered clapboard home. Red corrugated tin panels peel from the roof and front porch awning. Rusty barbed wire and faded “Danger-Keep Out” signs contrast with unheeding brambles. Jackson’s title, however, points toward remembering delight rather than decay.
Accession Number
2009.0020.0001a
Type
mixed media art
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Data Source
Anacostia Community Museum
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl81d59d016-f220-4410-a038-25b35d75fd94
Record ID
acm_2009.0020.0001a
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