Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier, Art and Community

First Church Ancestor, William Benjamin Reynolds

ImageWilliam Benjamin Reynolds is the grandfather of Miss Simone Reynolds Anicette. Simone’s mother, Suzzanne Reynolds Anicette, writes:

“I have included a photo of my father, the ancestor my daughter chose to memorialize. I’ve also included a photo of the historic Congregational church in Guyana, South America where my father attended.  He was also  educated in the primary school, which is a historical landmark and one of the oldest congregations in the Americas that educated and welcomed slaves.  Thank you so much in advance for including the children in the work that you are doing for the church we are delighted to have representation  of the continuing Christian Education that goes on at First Church!”

On this Sunday, I will do a cyanotype workshop with youngsters at First Congregational Church. The children will choose an ancestor to remember. Parents will send me a digital file of the ancestor and I will take the digital file and convert it into a negative. We will place the negative over fabric that has been sensitized with the cyanotype chemical. We will  expose the negative by placing it in direct sunlight.  The cyanotye chemical is then washed out leaving a photographic image. The resulting image, along with the photograph of the ancestor will be sewn into the Agan that I am making for the church.



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