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Art Exhibit to Underscore Importance of Maroon Ridge

June 24, 2006 — More than 20 artists and photographers will showcase their work at an Emancipation Day exhibit to commemorate the northwest corner of St. Croix, commonly known as Maroon Ridge.
Entitled "Emancipation: A Look at Our Past to Give a Vision for the Future," the exhibit will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Fort Frederik Museum.
The exhibit is the second in a weeklong list of activities commemorating the 158th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation on July 3, 1848.
The event is being co-hosted by the Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Committee of the History, Culture and Tradition Foundation, and other organizations.
Co-sponsored by the Nature Conservancy, the exhibit will feature artists' impressions of areas such as Davis Bay, Wills Bay, Annaly Bay, Maroon Hole, Maroon Ridge and Hams Bluff. The area encompasses steep, lush mountains with picturesque views, steep cliffs, tide pools and natural baths, according to Mary Moorehead, one of the founding members of the foundation.
There is a growing movement afoot to have the Maroon Ridge area named a world heritage site and to commemorate the slaves, for whom the area was named.
Moorehead said the artwork will be available for purchase and that proceeds will go towards the conservation and sustainable management of Maroon Ridge.
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