Kessie portraits depict Wilson-Evans' character Kessie

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By Johnathan Ryan

Kitty Wilson-Evans of Lancaster has spent much time tributing the lives of African-American slaves and now an artist has paid tribute to her.

Kaye Cloniger of Fort Mill said she and Wilson-Evans, known for her role as the 19th century slave Kessie at Historic Brattonsville in York County, share a bond.

At Brattonsville's annual candlelight tour in 2006, Cloniger, who is also a teacher, was so struck by Kessie's face in the firelight that she decided to capture her essence in a collection of 14 oil paintings, which she completed this January.

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