Tag Archives: 1830

“Frozen Dreams”

The wild winds of January spiraled o’er the gray bay stole its mist, its frigid waters absorbed its basest core. The wintery gusts iced purloined beads exhaled on sailing ships left sleet in cracks and crevices of cobblestones and bricks. … Continue reading

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“Human Cargo”

The African sun burns deep into my aching back and limbs; it sears my skin, stretched taut over bones weary from gathering crops six days a week; it dries the sweat which flows from the roots of my hair to … Continue reading

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“I Will Die Free”

(Photo copyright Randy Mazie) My life’s journey will end here, in a wooden box piled high with rocks to hold it down when the rains come. This year of 1830 has brought great change to my life. I have gone … Continue reading

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“The Promised Land”

By the Great Tree, Monrovia, Liberia. April the eleventh, 1830. Dear Sir, Fifty-six days at sea with most of our newly-freed black brethren suffering from seasickness, and now that we are in Africa, from the fever. We have lost four … Continue reading

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