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Day trip to Montgomery

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Last week I traveled to Georgia to visit some family, since the part of Georgia I was in was under a three hour drive from Montgomery, Alabama. I decided to take a day trip there. I planned to go to Alabama Department of Archives & History, the Legacy Museum, the National Memorial For Peace and Justice and to visit my cousin Frank.

Our first stop was the Legacy Museum  located at 115 Coosa Street.

“The Legacy Museum:  From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration opened to the public on April 26, 2018, in Montgomery, Alabama. The 11,000-square-foot museum is built on the site of a former warehouse where enslaved black people were imprisoned, and is located midway between an historic slave market and the main river dock and train station where tens of thousands of enslaved people were trafficked during the height of the domestic slave trade. Montgomery’s proximity to the fertile Black Belt region, where slave-owners amassed large enslaved populations to work the rich soil, elevated Montgomery’s prominence in domestic trafficking, and by 1860, Montgomery was the capital of the domestic slave trade in Alabama, one of the two largest slave-owning states in America.” (museumandmemorial.eji.org)

I went through a number of emotions while in the museum, I went from sad once I entered, then I begin to get mad half way through viewing the timeline on the wall. Before exiting I was happy that this museum exist, I definitely recommend visiting the Legacy Museum while in Montgomery.

Photo from museumandmemorial.eji.org

 

Next, we went to the National Memorial For Peace and Justice located at 417 Caroline Street. I believe there is free shuttle service from the museum to the memorial, if you feel like driving your car, there is plenty of parking at the memorial (well I went on a Monday and there was plenty of parking for me) you can also walk to the memorial which will take you about 16 minutes.

“The Memorial for Peace and Justice was conceived with the hope of creating a sober, meaningful site where people can gather and reflect on America’s history of racial inequality.  EJI partnered with artists like Kwame Akoto-Bamfo whose sculpture on slavery confronts visitors when they first enter the memorial. EJI then leads visitors on a journey from slavery, through lynching and racial terror, with text, narrative, and monuments to the lynching victims in America. In the center of the site, visitors will encounter a memorial square, built in collaboration with MASS Design Group. The memorial experience continues through the civil rights era made visible with a sculpture by Dana King dedicated to the women who sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott.  Finally, the memorial journey ends with contemporary issues of police violence and racially biased criminal justice expressed in a final work created by Hank Willis Thomas. The memorial displays writing from Toni Morrison and Elizabeth Alexander, words from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and a reflection space in honor of Ida B. Wells.” (museumandmemorial.eji.org)

It was eerily quiet walking under the steel monuments, it was 95 degrees and I got chills.

 

Below are some of the picture I took while at the memorial.

 

Next stop was Alabama Department of Archives & History located at 624 Washington Ave. It was about 1:30 PM by the time we got to the archives and I planned on getting an hour of research in. To my surprise the research room is closed on Monday’s (I should have checked the hours of operation, rookie mistake) but I did learn the research room will be now be open every Saturday.

 

Our last stop was to visit cousin Frank, we met about five years ago through our cousin Sonny, whom I met via ancestry.com. My great great grandfather and cousin Frank’s grandfather were brothers.

 

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BlackProGen LIVE! Ep 83: Stories from the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Parts 1&2

Did you miss BlackProGen LIVE Episode 83? Don’t worry you can check out parts 1&2 below.

“In 2018, The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) opened the The National Memorial for Peace and Justice which memorializes more than 4,400 African American men, women, and children who were hanged, burned alive, shot, drowned, and beaten to death by white mobs between 1877 and 1950. Episode 83 will feature the family history of some of the victims documented in the memorial in an effort to humanize and bring light to their lives outside of a tragic event they have been associated with.”

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BlackProGen LIVE!: Ep 71 Runaways: Self-Liberated Africans and the Underground Railroad

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BlackProGen LIVE! Ep 63: What About You?!? Documenting Your Own Story

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BlackProGen LIVE! Ep 57: Staying In It: Historical Trauma & Self Care for Researchers

Have you seen the latest BlackProGen LIVE episode? If not check it out below.

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Egypt

Three weeks ago I celebrated my birthday in Cairo Egypt, to date that was the best birthday I’ve had. My trip was packed with culture and adventure. Our first full day there which was Sunday, we had to visit the pyramids in Giza and the Sphinx on camels. The next day we ventured to The Great Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha which opened in 1848. Tuesday was my birthday and I wanted to ride an ATV in the desert and that’s what we did our backdrop were the pyramids of Giza after that we had dinner on the Nile River. Wednesday we started our day at the Egyptian Museum for a two our tour of the museum, there we saw the mummies of  Ramses I, Seti I, and many other royal figures. We also saw ancient Egyptian antiques and artifacts belonging to Tutankhamun aka King Tut. After the museum we went to Cairo Tower, the tower offers panoramic view of the capital. To end our Wednesday, we were treated to a dinner cruise up on Nile River.

Thursday was our last official activity day so we made it a good one. We first visited The Mosque of Amir which was originally built in 641-642 AD. The original structure was the first mosque ever built in Egypt and in Africa. Then we proceeded to the Dahshur and there we went inside of The Pyramid of Snefru aka The Red Pyramid, there was no light walking down into the pyramid, so we had to use the light from our cellphones to help guide us. I was nervous so I asked my friend to go first (lol). Next we went to The Pyramid of Djoser aka the Step Pyramid, which is was built during the 3rd dynasty. After that we went inside of tombs with hieroglyphics written on the walls. Seeing that was surreal, being inside of something and being able to touch something that was built before Christ was born was surreal. I stood inside of history and my pictures don’t do any of what I saw with my own eyes justice.  My trip was amazing, I plan to go back to Egypt to visit different parts, I also plan to take more cultural and historical trips. If anyone is interested in visiting Cairo, I can put you in contact with a great guide.

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY!

Flashback Friday! Check out my two videos from my research trip to Monroe County, AL

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The “Mayor of Douglasville”

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Last night I was doing a research and came across the Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves; Volume: I; State: Alabama (click here )Compiled by the Federal Writers’ Project of the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s, there are over 2300 individual accounts of slavery, and 500 photos of former slaves. Information may include surnames of interviewees, birthplaces, ages, parents names, former slave owners, and interview location.

I found Mr. Abe Whitess on page 423 he was born in Mississippi and worked on Colonel Rupert’s plantation in Butler County, Alabama after he was freed. Mr. Whitess moved down to Bay Minette, Alabama. I have a large portion of family down there so of course, I wanted to know a little bit more about him. Mr. Whites worked odd jobs and became the chairman of the republican party, according to his interview. Mr. Whitess even owned 14 acres of land, he donated part of his land to open a part Douglasville, the area of Bay Minette he resided in, for a public road. After doing that the people pf the community, mostly African American dubbed Mr. Whitess the “Mayor of Douglasville”. I plan to read more interviews, I find their stories really interesting and it gives me a glimpse into what life was like for an enslaved person.

Checkout Mr. Whitess’ interview below.

 

 

Source Citation

Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves; Volume: I; State: Alabama

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The Little Red Schoolhouse

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The Blakeley School also known as the Little Red Schoolhouse was built in 1920 in Bromley Baldwin County, AL by the families in the community. The school’s  first teacher was Mrs. Rebecca E. Burke Tompkins and my grandmother’s grand aunt. The last time I was in Bay Minette, my mom, aunts and uncles and I stopped by the Little Red Schoolhouse which is on the property of Baldwin County Board of Education in Bay Minette. Soon the school will be moved to the Bicentennial Park in Stockton. I think this was the first time they had seen the school since they each attended many, years ago. I am always glad to be a part of moments like this as well as share them with others.

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Africa’s Great Civilizations

Henry Louis Gates explores the untold story of how Africa helped shape our modern world. Premiering tonight on PBS.

 

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