Ancestors

I am captivated by this underwater sculpture by artist Jason DeCaires Taylor. It honors those people who were thrown overboard the slave ships during the middle passage of the African Holocaust.

I find it haunting, beautiful, and amazing. On my father’s side, my great-great-grandmother Emma was a slave. She and her sister were on a slave ship that sailed into Charleston harbor. It caught fire and the only survivors were the two sisters, Emma and Patience. Many, many other people did not survive. People just like you and me. It is part of who I am. Don’t we all wear stories and share so much history. Together.

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2 Responses to Ancestors

  1. This sculpture installation moves me too. Maybe it’s the clasped hands or the configuration of a circle. They are a line that never ends.

  2. windbent says:

    You don’t have to be related to them to call them Ancestors. We are all connected and those who have gone before are a part of who we all become, who we are now. Thinking of Samhain as a Season rather than a day, this is a very apropos sharing as a reminder.

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