On April 10, 2021, a special exhibition opened at the Tubman Museum. The Perfect Gift is a photography exhibit highlighting African American organ transplant recipients, living organ donors and the families of deceased organ donors. Visual storyteller Johnny Crawford in association with Lifelink Foundation, Inc. took the series of black and white portraits. The Perfect Gift highlights the impact of organ donation. LifeLink of Georgia provided support for this exhibition.
The mission of the African American Organ Donation Project is to heighten awareness within the African American community, and provide education about organ, eye and tissue donation. The vision of the African American Organ Transplantation Project is to increase the number of African American organ and tissue donors in Georgia. Currently, there are 5,000 men, women and children awaiting lifesaving organ transplants in the state of Georgia. Sixty-three percent of those currently on the transplant waiting list in Georgia are African American.
LifeLink of Georgia, a division of the LifeLink Foundation, is the non-profit Organ Procurement Organization designated to the state of Georgia and two counties in South Carolina. LifeLink Georgia helps to facilitate the recovery of organs for transplantation within hospitals in its donation service area, along with providing public education about the facts of donation and how individuals can save lives by joining the organ, tissue and eye donor registry while obtaining a driver’s license or online at www.DonateLifeGeorgia.org
The Perfect Gift is currently on view in the BB&T Gallery on the second floor of the Tubman Museum. The exhibition will remain at the Tubman through June 19, 2021.