Panhandle Slim Art Show Raises $3,600.00 For The Campaign To Save The Kiah Museum Building

Scott Stanton, a/k/a Panhandle Slim, Patrick Morgan, Dr. Johnson-Simon, Beverlee and kids admire the new permanent location of the Kiah mural at the Asa Gordon Library at Savannah State University. (Photo credit Emannuel Branch BHBP News)
Scott Stanton, a/k/a Panhandle Slim, Patrick Morgan, Dr. Johnson-Simon, Beverlee and kids admire the new permanent location of the Kiah mural at the Asa Gordon Library at Savannah State University. (Photo credit Emannuel Branch BHBP News)

The Campaign to Save the Kiah Museum Building GoFundMe was set up by the nonprofit organization (ADMI) African Diaspora Museology Institute in September after applying and being selected for the Georgia Trust “Places in Peril” list for 2021. But our relationship with Scott Stanton a/k/a Panhandle Slim goes back to the month long 108th birthday celebration for Virginia Kiah in 2019 where he honored the group with a small portrait of Kiah. However, after a visit to see the museum building, he indicated that he wanted to do more. He then created a large mural that would cover the signature window at the building. Within a few short months it was taken down and feared to be lost forever. It was found about six months ago and it was in bits and pieces. Panhandle made sure he had recovered every piece and promised he would do something again to help the Kiah Museum. Dr. Johnson-Simon approached the SSU Library and Archives about adding the mural to their collection and hosting an art show for Panhandle. On June 3rd at SSU the event opened with a 10:00 am libation ceremony with Lillian Grant Baptiste and a community folk session with former mayor Dr. Otis Johnson and others sharing their Kiah stories. Followed by 3:00 preservation folk session with Rebecca Fenwick, archaeologist Laura Seifert, and Friends of the Kiah Museum president, Tina Hicks, speaking truth to Kiah preservation issues. The art show was scheduled from 5:30 to 8:30. Panhandle had created 83 amazing pieces and we silently prayed that the show would sell out. With close to 200 in attendance including Savannah Mayor Van Johnson, volunteers became busy putting stickers on paintings until time to close. True to his promise Scott Stanton, a/k/a Panhandle Slim became our biggest donor for the Campaign to Save the Kiah Museum building, raising enough with his art to donate $3,600. This now brings the GoFundMe to $11, 915.00. Thank you so very much we are humbled and grateful to all who supported this fundraiser.

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