From the Coastal Observer, April 12, 2012.
Marvin Grant, better known in the Pawleys Island area as "the Hammock Man," has received a lot of recognition over the years. The news articles taped to the wall or hung in frames at his work space at the Hammock Shops is testament to that.
But in more than two decades as a hammock weaver, the Georgetown resident and New York City native has never received anything like the award he'll accept in Columbia next Month.
Grant has been named a recipient of the 2012 Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award, to be presented by the S.C. legislature May 3 at the State House upon adjournment in the House Chamber at midday. The award was created by the legislature in 1987 to recognize lifetime achievement in the folk arts.
The artistic traditions represented by the award are significant because they have endured, often for hundreds of years, officials said.