Girl in Screen Door, 1977
Photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe said she observed a pure and simple life on Daufuskie Island. At first, she didn't pick up her camera because she wanted to get to know the people, and she developed a strong connection with them at a time before new development began to creep in.
It was an honor, she said, to give these direct descendants of slaves a place in an African-American museum.
"To give this just incredible, warm, giving, nurturing community of people recognition that they were able to thrive as long as they did, that to me is a testament to them and to our culture," Moutoussamy-Ashe said.