Memorial Day in Boston (2014)

I took this photo yesterday while walking The Boston Common. The flags represent the 37,000 fallen Massachusetts service members from the Revolutionary War to the present. In the background is the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, which was dedicated in 1877. Memorial Day Weekend on the Boston Common

“So Foundational to the Country”

The consequences of 250 years of enslavement, of war upon black families and black people, were profound. Like homeownership today, slave ownership was aspirational, attracting not just those who owned slaves but those who wished to. Much as homeowners today might discuss the addition of a patio or the painting of a living room, slaveholders…

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