8 October 2007

New York opens slave burial site

Many of our children today donot really know what the slave trade truely means and scarcely have little possibilities to do so because the truth is always hidden or distorted if it concerns blacks.Immagine the seizure and
elimination of young men and women(working force) continuosly from their countries to work as slaves in white plantations and companies for 400years...i mean continuosly,therefore leaving these countries bare for so long,yet they still stand up strong till date!Hope this gesture from new york serves as a pacesetter"not to forget" for many such initiatives about the slave trade.

Designer Rodney Leon at the African Burial Ground National Monument
A museum is also planned for the site
A burial ground for African slaves, which had been forgotten for almost two centuries, has been opened to the public in New York.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and poet Maya Angelou attended a dedication ceremony for a monument at the site.

The late 17th Century burial site was gradually built over as New York expanded, but was rediscovered during an excavation in 1991.

Some 400 remains, many of children, were found during excavations.

Half of the remains found at the burial site were of children under the age of 12.

The entire project has cost more than $50 million (£24 million) to complete.

The burial site in Manhattan was rediscovered during excavations for a federal building.

Forgotten sacrifice

Now a 25ft (7.6 metre) granite monument marks the site.

For so many years, for centuries, people passing by this site did not know about the sacrifices they had made
Rodney Leon

It was designed by Rodney Leon and is made out of stone from South Africa and from North America to symbolise the two worlds coming together.

The entry to the monument is called The Door of Return - a nod to the name given to the departure points from which slaves were shipped from Africa to North America.

"The tragedy was that for so many years, for centuries, people passing by this site did not know about the sacrifices they [the slaves] had made," Mr Leon said.

"Now we have an opportunity to right some of the wrongs of the past."

BBC NEWS | Americas | New York opens slave burial site

1 comment:

  1. Ciao Felix,
    thanks for stopping by. Please publish the story here as gets to get more readers and maybe someone willing to spare 100 dollars will come. More visibility more possibility Alick has.
    You can always link to any of the story there.
    Grazie mille!


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