Why Searching Matters on Juneteenth

For years, many newly freed people searched across the country for their formerly enslaved loved ones who had been sold away.  Green 
             Heartbreaking advertisements for missing family members appeared for years after the emancipation.  Searching  

From the first Compensated Emancipation in DC, EmanDayDC to the ratification of the 13th Amendment, freed slaves moved around “restlessly” seeking their people, whom they remembered and loved, who had been sold from plantations and away from families by owners, traders, speculators, or debt collectors.  InfoWanted Please find  more examples, as there are many records of this, dear friends.  And I wonder if, in a few years, Willow and or Anna will be engaged in this same search for lost loved ones? 

    I look forward to your comments on honoring True Seekers this Minbari and Juneteenth Monday, Thoughtful Readers.


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7 thoughts on “Why Searching Matters on Juneteenth

  1. It’s heartbreaking to think not only of these ads being placed but of the fact that few if any ever resulted in finding the missing loved one. Man’s inhumanity never seems to die out. These ads remind me of those placed after WWII by Jewish families trying to locate their missing relatives.

    Si tu a l’occasion, je te recommande l’histoire de Dora Bruder, par Patrick Modiano qui a gagné le prix nobel pour la litérature. Il a beaucoup écrit sur des années de l’occupation allemande et a été un des premiers auteurs à admettre qu’un grand nombre de Français ont collaboré avec les Nazis.

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    1. Very sad, but our inhumanity toward one another must end, or we will not long survive.

      Hmmm, un grand nombre ?
      Tellement… Hmm. C’est vraiment triste. Merci, Carol, je vais le chercher.

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    1. 🙂

      Sadly, they both certainly have lost loved ones to the Auction Block, but whether either of them knew enough, young as they both were at the time of the sales, to find anyone later, is doubtful.

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