Freedom (and still French) Fridays for Truth and Reconciliation via Empathy

It’s nearly the end of Passover, so share your stories of Freedom, please. I tried to incorporate some untold stories into the tours I developed in DC.

First, some suggestions for every Community College or Continuing Education campus below, that I consider part of the processes of repairing some part of the damage done by slavery:

1.) a small library or study area, for students with no quiet home,

2.) workshops given by recent local graduates, to mentor current students,
3.) an on-site nurse paid for by medicaid, and
4.) access to public transportation, such as shuttles between campuses,

Now, the tours.

Since I’ve been a bit lacking on my study of  Language this week, I must fall back on my study of tours in DC, from 2011!

2011-10-27 19:11:00
“The Ghosts of Slave Pens Past!” walking tour of DC
Join me, licensed DC Tour Guide Shira D. Jones, as we walk past places that recall the Dickensionan horrors of Victorian era jails, but with inmates whose only crime was being born to the wrong mother -a slave.

This unique Black History related tour of downtown DC will focus on places long forgotten, but which should never be forgotten. Dress for the weather and to walk!

Tours on a sliding scale.
(This tour drew very little interest…)

My notes thus far:

Slave pens are important.
No one knew that one slave pen was where the FAA building was, and that the DC City Jail was essentially used as a free slave pen.

So, it turns out that history matters, after all: but here is a ray of hope in the form of a manumission manumission_of_slave2c_francois2c_by_auguste_chouteau2c_signed_aug._chouteau2c_henry_chouteau2c_and_t.f._smith2c_september_262c_1826  letter…

Action Items in support of   hope that you can take right now:

1.) Search for two different resources to locate slave pens or locations that coffles may have passed by in your area.

2.) Share your thoughts on how you like each of the resources you found,

3.) Write a book, story, blog post, or tweet that discusses slavery.


Click here to read, if you like:

B5, La Casa De Papel/Money Heist, & Lupin & Hakan: Muhafiz/The Protector Reviews

Holistic High School Lessons,

Thoughtful Readers, if you are on Twitter, please consider following   #Project Do Better  on Twitter.


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