In the months since our organization was formed, the Witness Stones Project has come so far. We are thankful for all of the support and success we have experienced during this first year, and we are excited about the opportunities ahead of us for 2018.
To paraphrase two headstones in the Foote/Ward Cemetery in Nut Plains for Andrew Ward Foote and his wife Winifred: We accomplished what we set out to do, but we also did what we could. (https://generalandrewwardcemeteryassoc.wordpress.com/andrew-ward-foote/ )
I believe that we have had great accomplishments within the confines of what we were trying to achieve. If we broaden our perspective, range, and reach, I believe we could have even greater success in the change we can affect. That reach includes our research, education, and civic engagement supporting our mission of restoring the history and honoring the humanity of the enslaved persons who contributed to our communities. By doing this project we hope to make our community and others more just, equal, and tolerant.
To add to our successes in 2018, we have started work on a teaching and research guide, begun partnering with other communities, scheduled a book club, and initiated plans for installing three more stones in Guilford next fall. We cannot do this without continued support from our community.
Continue to follow us on Facebook to learn about Witness Stones activities this winter and spring. Please check back here often to learn about our book club activities and other events. Happy New Year!