2 November 2017 at 9:30 A.M. on the Guilford Green
Through research, education, and civic engagement, the Witness Stones Project seeks to restore the history and honor the humanity of the enslaved individuals who helped build our communities.
The committee is thrilled about the continued response to our panel discussion last month and the excitement around our event in November. We were humbled by everyone who came and how participants were willing to openly tell their stories and and to listen to each other. Thank you everyone who came and participated as well as those of you who let us know that you were there in spirit.
We have been working hard behind the scenes to deepen our research and broaden our understanding about racism, inequality, injustice, and intolerance in the past and how it relates to what is happening in our country today. We have also been creating an educational unit for our 8th grade Social Studies and Language Arts students that we hope to share with other communities in the future.
The educational unit is constructed around five themes of enslavement:
- Enslaved as Property
- Economics of Enslavement
- Human Agency and Resistance
Students will share what they learn with each other and then use the information gathered to create biographical sketches and graphic illustrations of three enslaved persons chosen for our inaugural year. Student work will be the centerpiece of the project and the program that will be created as part of the installation ceremony.
We want to invite everyone with interest in this project to join us on November 2nd on the Guilford Green. Students and the audience will gather at 9:30 A.M., and the ceremony will start at 9:45 A.M. for the Witness Stones Project installation ceremony. The program will start on the Green where introductions will be made, music will be performed, and speakers will invite us to witness the importance of remembering our history of enslavement and the persons whose freedom was taken or withheld from them. Students will share their stories as an act of rehumanization of those whose humanity was stripped from them for profit. Stones will be placed in front of historic building at locations where Moses, Phillis, and Candace lived to bear witness to our past and those who helped build our communities. We will restore the color to the historic fabric of our community. We will remember the past with a goal of equality, justice, and toleration today.
We look forward to seeing you all on the Green on Thursday, November 2nd at 9:30 A.M.