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Dec 23

African American Statesville History

Posted to Local History Notes on December 23, 2019 at 3:39 PM by Jenny Levins

I was discussing the recent elections with a friend a few weeks ago when he stopped and thought for a moment and said, “You know I never really thought I would live to see a black President in this country.”  To be honest I didn’t either. Of course, I didn’t think growing up that I would ever live to see communism fall and the Soviet Union break up, or apartheid banished in South Africa either, but it all happened. I believe the Roman philosopher Cicero hit the nail on the head sometime before 43 BC when he said, “While there’s life, there’s hope.”

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Dec 23

African American Slave Records and Census

Posted to Local History Notes on December 23, 2019 at 3:38 PM by Jenny Levins

I once asked a coworker if she had ever traced her family tree. She replied no, saying, “I don’t want to find out that my ancestors were slaves.” Researching her family tree meant having to face a painful truth. Like most African Americans in the United States she was likely a descendant of slaves forcibly brought here through the Atlantic slave trade. Between 10 and 12.5 million Africans were brought to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. A website at www.slavevoyages.org has information on over 36,000 slave ship voyages and identifies 91,491 slaves taken from captured slave ships or African trading sites. 

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Dec 23

African American School History in Iredell County

Posted to Local History Notes on December 23, 2019 at 3:37 PM by Jenny Levins

The Iredell County Public Library hosted Iredell County educator and local historian Phyllis Bailey on Feb. 18, 2014 for a program on “The History of Black Schools in Iredell County” as part of Black History Month.  This free program focused on the development of black schools and education in Iredell County and included rare photographs of many of the early schools. Burgess Bailey also helped lead the discussion which included memories from the audience of their own experiences in school. On Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, Phyllis Bailey also presented a program at the Harmony Library titled, “Reflections on Black History in the North Iredell Area.” 

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