It disappoints me that I was unable to attend a formal commemoration in Philly for "Project 1619." (The New York Times Magazine has a commemoration similarly called The 1619 Project.) Available records indicate the first enslaved Africans of British colonial America disembarked 400 years ago today. It was the dawn of chattel slavery in the United States and the Afro American lineage.
Fortunately, I found a copy of a document my mother began teaching me in childhood as oral history. In high school, she had transcribed from her textbook onto a slap [sic] of cardboard. She's wanted to do something with the work for years, and I want to help her do so.
Related: Oral History Project (2020)
Related: "The History of Black Business in America" (2020)
Related: "The Strange Career of William Ellis"
Related: Ventilation (2020)