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It is the not knowing that burns my soul: The odyssey of Miss Emma Jean

The Odyssey of Miss Emma Jean is an artistic exploration of the life of my paternal Great Grandmother Emma Jean Henderson Coleman Hurt Mathis. This body of work explores the identity of a bi-racial Native American woman, who in her lifetime, marries three African American men, and lives in the him Crow state of Alabama. These works examine what I know about Emma Jean and emphasizes what I do not know. It is the not knowing that has triggered my creativity. It is the not knowing that burns my soul. This is the story of Miss Emma Jean. This is the story of my identity. 

- Ann ‘Sole Sister’ Johnson

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