When Lowcountry artist Sonja Griffin Evans met Georgia Congressman John Lewis during a special celebration back in June, she presented the civil rights leader with two commemorative “Amazing Grace” ornaments she created. She requested that Lewis keep one for himself, and then hand-deliver the other for the National Christmas Tree Lighting on Dec. 1 at the White House.
“He agreed,” Evans said. “It will be presented special delivery to the White House for the tree by one of the most courageous people the civil rights movement ever produced.”
The ornaments were inspired by the original “Amazing Grace” piece Evans painted in the courtyard of the Beaufort Arsenal Museum and Visitor’s Center, once headquarters of secession activity before the Civil War. “As I was painting on an old steel drum top, this woman emerged out of it,” Evans said. “I then was inspired to paint this piece with many symbolisms at this historical site, as the woman in the painting began to tell me her story.” If you would like to purchase an “Amazing Grace” ornament for your Christmas tree, visit www.sonjagriffinevans.com.