About the Artist




Artist John W. Jones, born in Columbia, SC, has been a freelance artist and illustrator for more than 25 years. He grew up in the State Park community near Columbia. He has received several awards, including merit awards during the 1998 and 1999 Piccolo Spoleto Festival Art Show. His work is in several collections, including the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, Benedict College in Columbia, the College of Charleston and the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta. Jones is the artist and author of the book and traveling exhibition, “Confederate Currency: The Color of Money, Images of Slavery in Confederate and Southern States Currency.” His paintings are available at Gallery Chuma in Charleston.

Behind God's Back

When freedom came to enslaved Africans who toiled on rice plantations in lower Berkeley County, South Carolina, many remained to farm the land and raise their families in settlements near the plantation gates.

Four generations later, their descendants have shared for the first time family joys and sorrows in Behind God’s Back: Gullah Memories of Cainhoy, Wando, Huger, Daniel Island, St. Thomas Island, South Carolina, by Charleston-based writer Herb Frazier and illustrated with the paintings of Columbia, South Carolina artist John W. Jones. The publication is a cooperative effort by Evening Post Books and the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.

Behind God’s Back is a compilation of accounts of the experiences of Gullah people who struggled after Emancipation, through the Depression and into the middle of the twentieth century to maintain their African-based lifestyles in rural communities near Charleston. Gullah people live in the coastal area of the Southeastern United States. They have preserved more of their African cultural heritage than any other black community in the country. 


Written by Herb Frazier

With the art of John W. Jones 

286 pages Softcover
ISBN: 978-0-9825154-7-1


Price: $17.95 (plus $5.00 shipping/handling)

Originally: $22.95