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‘Wooden Quilt Cross” by Jean-Marcel St. Jacques

Wooden Quilt Cross

Renowned sculptor Jean-Marcel St. Jacques is a self-taught artist and 12th-generation Louisiana Afro-Creole. His family fled Louisiana in 1970 to escape racial oppression. He returned 16 years ago to reconnect with the land of his ancestors. He makes art with wood salvaged from his Katrina damaged home in the Treme neighborhood. He also creates masks as a Medicine Man in the Black Masking Indian tradition of New Orleans. His unique work resides in the permanent collections of the American folk Art Museum, the Alexandria Museum of Art, and in the homes of thousands of art lovers worldwide.