The Bridge to Freedom

Happy Thursday! Today’s #TBT piece is about the past. There are many who say we should forget this period of history because it was ugly and is painful. It’s important to continue to tradition of passing the stories from one generation to the next.

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Grand-daddy always told us stories
Of his days as a slave and a share cropper.
To look at him,
You would never know
That he could be forced to submit
to someone who claimed ownership over him.
He was a tall, muscular man
Who walked with his shoulders back
And his head held high.
Proud.
Who could rule over him?
But it happened.
He was pulled away from his wife
And children,
Sold to another home,
Miles away from the ones his loved.
He was made to work in the fields,
In the heat,
With a sack to collect the harvest
Over his shoulder and his back bent.
He told us that the work was hard.
The overseers were harder
And would walk the lash across his back
Until his shirt was tattered,
And the flesh on his back opened up,
Leaving crimson stains
On the fabric.
He said,
“You…

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One thought on “The Bridge to Freedom

  1. Bet you didn’t think I noticed this huh? Great post Nike! I really like this post as it illustrates an example of oral history something I think that my generation will begin to lose in the future with the advent of social media. With technology becoming a much more dominant part of our lives I feel like our oral history will at some point become stuff you can easily find with a google search by browsing the archives.

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