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Sacred Ground project wins $75,000 national grant for slavery memorial park | Richmond Free Press


A group supporting development of a memorial park in Shockoe Bottom to recall the crucial role this area of Richmond played in the slave trade has won a $75,000 grant from a national trust to support its work.

“We plan to use the money for a two-part study on the economic impact and benefit of developing a park,” said Ana Edwards, chair of the Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project, who helped spearhead the park proposal.

One part of the study would examine the tourism benefit of such a park, Ms. Edwards said, while the second part “would seek out nontraditional models of such projects that are sustainable” to offer ideas for Richmond to replicate.

Preservation Virginia, a Richmond-based history preservation group, joined the Sacred Ground Reclamation Project, The…

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Opinion: What Zora Neale Hurston's Best-Seller Taught This African About Slavery



The voice of Lewis — whom Hurston calls by his African name of Kossula … Before he and other Africans got on the slave ship they were stripped of …
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Juneteenth festival will celebrate historic end of slavery



Leroy S. Chandler of Flemington is spearheading the celebration, which is being presented by the African-American Small Business Alliance of …
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Charleston lawmakers to vote on resolution apologizing for city’s slavery past


(CHARLESTON, S.C.) — One southern city wants to apologize for its past.

City officials in Charleston, South Carolina, will vote on a resolution Tuesday that expresses regret for the centuries of human slavery that was administered and regulated by its former lawmakers.

“This is the modern city council which feels the need to make an apology for the institution of slavery in the city of Charleston,” Charleston councilman William Dudley Gregorie, who helped author and shepherd the resolution, told ABC News.

The three-page resolution will be voted on by the council’s 12 members. It needs a majority of seven votes to pass.

The language in the resolution explicitly takes responsibility for the “dehumanizing atrocities” that was condoned for centuries.

The resolution goes on to…

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African American Cultural Society commemorates end of slavery with Juneteenth celebration | Palm Coast


As members of the crowd at the African American Cultural Society shouted out names of their ancestors, Brenda Andrews poured out water from a pitcher into a bowl, honoring each name. In unison, the audience responded by saying “namaste” and “asante.” Andrews called the libation a salute to divinity. 

“The DNA is not just the color of our skin, the texture of our hair, the color of our eyes,” Andrews said. “The DNA that’s in us — that’s defined in us — from one generation to the other is the DNA of not overcomers but of people who are victorious in everything that we do. I want you to think about your grandparents, your great-great-grandparents — all the people that we are standing on their shoulders today. How they had to suffer, but yet they…

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City cancels event celebrating end of slavery, angers community




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