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Mary Jackson, a sweetgrass basketweaver from Johns Island, South Carolina, accepts her NEA National Heritage Fellowship award from Representative James E. Clyburn (center) and NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman.

Mary Jackson, a sweetgrass basketweaver from Johns Island, South Carolina, accepts her NEA National Heritage Fellowship award from Representative James E. Clyburn (center) and NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. At the ceremony, Rocco Landesman said, “A master of the ancient art of sweetgrass basketry, Mary Jackson is an innovator of basket designs and an advocate for all the basketmakers of the Low Country who has increased public awareness of the environmental and social issues that are central to this tradition.”