Commentary and Philosophy Non-Fiction posted March 17, 2021

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Alternative to Statue Smashing

by Elizabeth Emerald

My friend Scott is the town historian. He's painstakingly compiled a plethora of documents and memorabilia, dating back to the mid-1800's.

Scott built a not-so-miniature museum on his property, in the form of a replica of a historical house, in which lived one of the founding families, name of Lynde. 

Last month, Scott came upon a book that documented the history of slavery in our town. The book featured a will made by the patriarch of the eminent Lynde family, an excerpt of which reads I bequeath my negro man and my mulatto girl to my wife to do with as she will.

This afternoon, Scott showed me a brass plaque he'd had engraved, which reads: "Slavery in Melrose: Never Again!"

Tomorrow, Scott will affix the plaque to his little Lynde house, after which, he will return to the engraver to obtain a supplementary plaque. It will list the names of each of the slaves mentioned in the book.

Underneath which will be engraved: A nameless "negro man" and "mulatto girl" ...

... and numerous such others.



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