Zabar Project Gallery
sponsored by Marquesa Hotel & Café
The Shavers depict the Black experience of Key West from their perspective—a family that has lived on the island for six generations. The exhibition includes the VMFA award-winning short, “Southernmost” alongside screen prints and photographs.
In the mid-1800s, eight Shavers men, born free in Bedford, VA, travelled 1,000+ miles over land and sea to build new lives on the undeveloped and remote island of Key West. They were here when Sandy Cornish led the island’s first jubilee parade, honorably served as soldiers in the U.S. Civil War alongside Harriet Tubman, then returned to the island to help build modern Key West. In the 1940s, the family helped build the bridges that connect the Keys to the mainland.
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