This memorial honors former slaves buried in the Freedman's Cemetery. The cemetery was developed in the 1850's near ... More
Freedman's Cemetery Memorial
This memorial honors former slaves buried in the Freedman's Cemetery. The cemetery was developed in the 1850's near Freedman's town, the post-Civil War cultural, social and economic center of the African-American community. When Central Expressway was widened several years ago, a number of graves were moved; some still remain, however. An arched granite gate now stands at the site entrance. Niches on either side contain symbolic sculptures by David Newton. Admission is free.
It is a soul stirring moment to see the proud
statues at the front of the memorial and then
see the representation of their fate in America. We must hold on to our history for
it teaches us and leads us to knowledge and compassion for those who have gone before us.
The words and artwork are indeed beautiful to
This memorial is amazing. I find it an enriching experience each time I visit. This place is my escape from the modern high pace lifestyle many of us live. The artist truely captures the essence of slavery. I have never seen anything like it. How challenging is it to create and portray something you have not personally lived? It is as if the artist lived through during the time period! I believe this memorial is one of the most valuable gifts to us. Definately visit this memorial, despite your background. I encourage you to share this gift with others. I visit often and each time I leave I realize just how small I am in this world and what my place is. I become aware.
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