The Pennsylvania State University

School of Visual Arts

Acknowledgement, Enlightenment, and Memorialization


Memorialization. This work was installed to serve as a memorial for the scores of Africans cum Americans interned in this site in unmarked graves. This collaboration between sculptor, Thaddeus Mosley was fashioned after West African grave markers. The dedication was performed under a light rain in the southern afternoon heat to a crowd of 100 people. In the distance a woman sang Negro spirituals a cappella as she circumnavigated the hundred yard site. Surviving members of the plantation met and reconciled with surviving members of the slaves that were interned at this site. A reconciliatory poem was read by James Wiley professor of history at the Cooper Union for arts and sciences.  Many wept.

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