Contemplating the colors of history – Burke County Notebook | Community


I recently got to follow along a walk amongst the dead, who had a lot to say.

During a presentation at Western Piedmont Community College for Black History Month, Dr. Leslie McKesson, dean of business, public services and academic support, shared student videos created for various classes and projects, dating back to the 1970s and ’80s, documenting the lives and history of local African-Americans.

In one video, student Olga Propst said African-Americans were brought to Burke County as an enslaved people starting in the 18th century from the west coast of Africa and the West Indies. Most came through the port of Charleston, South Carolina.

“By the time of the first United States…

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