Meet World Renowned Sweetgrass Basket Weaver, Mary Jackson

July 10, 2018, 1:59 pm EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (FOX 24 NEWS NOW) — The culinary arts is just one of the many ways enslaved Africans expressed and continued the legacy of their culture and heritage.

Another is through the revered tradition of sweetgrass basket weaving.

This intricate practice brought over from West Africa uses materials that include sweetgrass, bulrush, and pine needles.

It’s this art and skill that has earned our next guest the 2018 American Craft Council Award.

We were glad to welcome Mary Jackson, a world-renowned sweetgrass basket legend to FOX 24 News Now.