On Saturday morning, the clearing was washed with chatter and song, and crowds of people spilled into the clearing to attend a dedication and remembrance ceremony at the cemetery, a celebration of the lives of the enslaved people who once lived on the site.
A lot of the discussion with descendants has been about how to effectively reach out to the community to gather public input about the memorial.
For survivors and descendants of the race massacre, the oral history — at least much of it — has long circulated throughout family trees and among generations past and present.
“Our work has made great strides in creating a new university public memory that unflinchingly acknowledges the horrors of human bondage, while honoring the humanity of the enslaved.”
Many of the descendants were emotional when discussing their story.
"... it's important to know your ancestors and be able to tell their stories, especially now."
A descendant of slaves, the Rev. Jay Speights discovered his ancestors in Benin sold others into slavery. He's working to reconcile both parts of his family's past.
The unveiling Saturday was marked by the largest gathering of the plantation's slave descendants in its history.
Bettye Kearse hopes to validate her family's oral history that they are descendants of President James Madison and an enslaved cook named Coreen.
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