Charity Anderson

We’re marching to Zion, beautiful, beautiful Zion; We’re marching upward to Zion, The beautiful city of God.

Life was a long and arduous march for Charity Anderson. Born into slavery around 1835, her journey began at Bells Landing on the Alabama River in southwest Alabama. She was a centenarian when interviewed about her life by WPA in the 1930s. Steeped in African American religious traditions, she answered questions about adversity with the refrain “Thank de Lord, I is on Zion's March.” The reference is to a Christian hymn about life’s difficulties and journeying to heaven. Likely an expression she repeated many times.

 

Oil on hardboard, 18X24.

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