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My RagGonNon

The RagGonNon hangs in our grand hall at the National Underground Freedom Center. It’s made of two separate pieces called Journey’s I and Journey’s II. Together, these textiles tell the story of Mrs. Robinson’s ancestors and family history—their journey from West Africa, across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States. Once freedom came to enslaved people, Aminah’s journey takes you to her birth place— Columbus, Ohio. The RagGonNon shows images of her childhood, the games she played and follows her journey all the way into her adulthood. It took Aminah over 30 years to complete her RagGonNon.

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