This week, CHRISTOPHER LAWTON, of the Georgia Virtual History Project, recalls the life and impact of an unusual storyteller and storykeeper, who was a living link with Sapelo Island’s past. Cornelia Walker Bailey of Sapelo Island passed away on October 15, 2017. Her death is a devastating blow to all Georgians concerned with how we tell our story, understand ourselves, and plot our future. Like all of Sapelo’s people, she traced her roots to those who were brought to the island through the slave trade approximately 200 years ago. She was a descendant of Bilali Muhammed, an educated and literate Muslim from the west coast of Africa, and his wife, Phoebe.