Africa’s Amazing Mystery: The Stone Images of Esie Date: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door
The Stone Images of Esie (Eh see yeh) of Nigeria are a collection of about 1000 soapstone figures representing men, women, children and animals. Most were broken; many are very skillfully carved. Their origins are unknown. In 1965 as a Peace Corps Volunteer, Phil Stevens was assigned to repair and catalog the images, to research their possible origins, and to supervise the construction of a secure museum complex. This is the story of this amazing mystery, and of Phil’s work to resolve it.