I’ve been learning about other people’s history all of my years thus far. Then when I even have the opportunity to learn about my own ancestors, I get a recycling of the same historical figures…over and over again. It wasn’t until I started doing my own research, that I discovered just how much history is out there. If you are uncomfortable with this post, then that’s good; you’ve learned something today…I just got started. I appreciate all of world history, but when these figures are hidden, I have to wonder why, and just what else is being hidden and not being filtered into the education system and the world for that matter. #book #books #blackhistory #class #classess #classmate #classmates #education #homework #instagood #hiddenfigures #peer #history #school #student #students #teacher #teachers #textbook #textbooks #work (at Bergenfield, New Jersey)
A few days before I went to Mahwah, I visited the African American Baptist Church Cemetery, where Francis Jackson, a freed slaved purchased woodland here. It is believed that slaves are resting here, and that the tomb stones are sunken and or covered by the sands of time.
The Periwinkle Initiative derives its name from the flower that certain scholars believe was the most common wildflower brought to gravesites of enslaved Americans. This perennial flower has guided researchers to many abandoned burial grounds that would have otherwise gone undetected. The resilient Periwinkle is a perfect symbol to represent the endurance of enslaved Americans and their legacy.
After I visited Mahwah yesterday, I came home and decided to look up some YouTube videos on slave cemeteries throughout the USA. It is here where I realized that periwinkles were also at the site where the slaves at the Hopper Family Cemetery.
If you look through the photos that I posted earlier, you will observe the leaves of the periwinkle plant. The flowers clearly aren’t blooming due to the season. These slaves had a vast amount of knowledge, because not only do these plants mark their graves, but they were also able to sustain the harsh winter season, and continue to grow over hundreds of hears later. Absolutely amazing!