Minnie Kennedy drew "Minnie's World" in 1999 when she was 83 years old. Kennedy was
born at Hobcaw Barony, to parents descended from slaves, but she left when she was
in her twenties and didn't move back to the Waccamaw Neck until 1988. In the decades-long
interim she had many experiences outside South Carolina – a career in education, civil
rights activism, travels across the globe – yet Hobcaw Barony remained "Minnie’s World."
Her hand-drawn map reflects an intimate connection to her birthplace, an abiding knowledge
of the structures of Hobcaw and their inhabitants, the roads, pathways and woodpiles,
even the location of the "community pump."
This is a world of African Americans who live in houses identified by family names.
Unlike Rockwell Kent's "Chart of Hobcaw Barony," in which blacks are abstractly represented
by an outsized "Mammy" figure surrounded by small children, in "Minnie's World" we see
precisely where each family lives and who their neighbors are. Several of the houses
are identified by the same name, reflecting the close family ties of the villagers.
Separated by a fence and a horse meadow from "The Big House" on "The Hill," these are
the workers who maintain the barony and serve the Baruchs and their guests. Both the
Kent and Kennedy maps characterize Hobcaw Barony, its environment and its residents,
albeit from distinctly different perspectives.