What would America look like…

…if the contributions made by slaves in the building of this country were memorialized as we memorialize those who gave their lives in military service?

If their gravestones aren’t well marked and their lives continue to go unrecognized, there are new injustices every year. Why isn’t their suffering and contribution memorialized?… We should honor their service. We should honor the service, even if it was involuntary service, of those who contributed to our nation’s economies and acknowledge what they suffered and overcame.

Will Hairston, from Coming to the Table: A Collection of Stories
Coming to the Table (CTTT)

 

 

 

 

My mother told me

…that she had heard, from some Magruder but she didn’t know who, that one day when Alexander the Immigrant was eating dinner with his family in Maryland a strange young man appeared at the door and introduced himself as Alexander’s Scottish son.