Dear Baileyblog Readers,
I hope you are well. Today I am sharing with you a few items of interest with regard to the work of remembering slavery and its legacy.
Yesterday, I was interviewed by journalist Adeel Hassan for The NY Times Race/Related newsletter:
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On the same theme, Brian Lehrer interviewd me on NPR on Friday about the Times Magazine article published two weeks ago here:
Thank you to the Brian Lehrer show for showcasing various contributors to the 1619 Project each week during Black History Month concluding with my interview here.
As some of you may know, each year members of the community come together in Savannah and Darien Georgia to solemnly remember the 436 slaves who were put up for auction in 1859 on March 1 and 2.
Weeping Time Memorials March 6-8
I am not able to attend these memorials this year but have in the past. The photo attached captures the day I read from my book, The Weeping Time, directly in front of Butler Plantation in Darien. I was invited to attend a ceremony organized by African American Origins which holds an annual gathering every October.
If you are in the area, please see below the schedule of events this year.
Friday, March 6
- The Weeping Time Symposium
- Beach Institute
- 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 7
- The Weeping Time Commemoration Event
- Otis J. Brock III Elementary School.
- Empty chairs memorial wreath laying.
- 10:00 a.m.
- The Weeping Time Festival
- Field adjacent to Otis J. Brock, III Elementary School
- 12:30-4:00 p.m.
- Sunset Service
- Darien Historical Marker at the Butler Plantation
- 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 8
- A Commemoration Service
- Solomon Temple C.O.G.I.C., (2005 Augusta Avenue)
- 11:00 am
- Closing Ceremony at The Weeping Time marker.
- 1:00 p.m.
For those not able to make it next weekend, all year round, The Underground Tours of Savannah give an excellent tour of slavery in Savannah.
Finally, as Black history month comes a close, we remember that today in Selma, marchers are commemorating Bloody Sunday – that day 55 years ago that Congressman John Lewis and others marched from Selma to Montgomery over the Edmund Pettus Bridge to advocate for voting rights for people of African descent.
Thank you for your support of these and other efforts. Please feel free to share the blog with others who may be interested.
Till next week,
Anne C. Bailey, author of The Weeping Time: Memory and the Largest Slave Auction in American History.