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State Archives of Florida
Apprentice Michael Steen (R) making a white oak basket as Alphonso Jennings looks on - Lamont, Florida
Series 1640, RG 158, Alphonso Jennings, White Oak Basket Making ; Box 15, FF7
White oak basketry
Ethnicity, African American
Ethnicity, African diaspora
Handicraft--Instruction and study
Mentoring in the arts
African American basket makers
Material culture--Florida--Jefferson County--Lamont
African American men--Florida--Jefferson County--Lamont
Teaching of folklore
His apprentice, Michael Steen of Monticello, says the baskets have been used in his community for generations. He began working with Jennings about two years ago. The intensive apprenticeship gives Steen an opportunity to further develop his basket making skills - skills he wants to pass on to his three sons.
Alphonso Jennings of Lamont learned to make white oak baskets from his late grandmother, Lucreaty Clark, when he served as her apprentice in 1983. Ms. Clark learned the white oak basket tradition from her parents and in-laws. Following in his grandmother's footsteps, Jennings has gained a reputation of making finely-crafted, functional baskets that will last a lifetime.
Subject - Person
Chicago Manual of Style
Stone, Robert L., 1944-. Apprentice Michael Steen (R) making a white oak basket as Alphonso Jennings looks on - Lamont, Florida. 1994. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. <https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/108232>, accessed 24 September 2023.
Stone, Robert L., 1944-. Apprentice Michael Steen (R) making a white oak basket as Alphonso Jennings looks on - Lamont, Florida. 1994. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.<https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/108232>
AP Style Photo Citation
(State Archives of Florida/Stone)