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In the Work of William E. Young of Pantego, Afro-American art has come full circle. Having steeped himself in the black cultures of the Caribbean and the eastern seaboard states, Young has turned directly to the source--Africa--for the inspiration of much of his work. Today he works in a variety of media, including cement, watercolors and oil paints. But most of his energy is devoted to wood sculpture, and it is here that Africa is most clearly visible in Young's work.
Sometime before 1824, the slave celebration of Jonkonnu spread to North Carolina from the Caribbean Islands. Jonkonnu is a unique Christmas celebration in which elaborate costumes are worn and distinctive dances are danced to celebrate the holiday. The tradition was transplanted to America with Caribbean slaves and became a custom in black communities until about 1900 when it was abandoned by African-Americans.