Black Legacy Images

Mission Statement: Dawn Spears' intend is to augment America’s history; not deduct from it.





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Missing puzzles pieces of history


Obiturary milk glass plate of Miss Martha Richards born 1819, during slavery, died 1906.


Four piece "alligator bait", desk set. Refers to saying, "Alligator Bait"......Slave babies used as bait to lure in alligators.



Buckner Topsy Turvy 1901 doll. Oral history of the doll….....A slave mother designed this type of doll for her children because slave children were not allowed to play with white dolls. When white people were present slave children always had to play with the black doll. The black doll was the only legal doll black children could play with in America during slave times.



Harper's Weekly July 4, 1863 article
Have you seen this slave's picture?
Do you know his name?
His name is Gordon


Historically speaking after Black American's fought in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, Black American's have died, fought, were bitten by dogs, clubbed by police, lynched, hosed with fire hoses, walked and sang, to receive the right's they and other ethnic groups currently enjoy in America today.

A large majority of early Black Americans were enslaved then forced into giving America almost three hundred years of free labor towards the building of America. Black American's are the only ethnic group who gave America that many years of  free labor. Slave holding states kept up bondage fables throughout slavery and many years after slavery. One  major falsehood was slaves were happy being held captive. Another was it was in the slaves best interest to be subservient to their white masters. Two hideous things about being enslaved were also left out of the happy slave stores, how slavery broke down the bond of the early African American families, which left many black women head of the slave's household. The fact slaves were usually treated as if livestock was never part of the happy slave stories told by numerous pro-slavery defenders. Most slaves were not happy they were despondent! This is demonstrated by the scares some slaves carried with them for life. Gordon's scares are a visual testimony freedom was worth the scars on ones back. Gordon's picture is well known his story not so much. Gordon's story and picture is a picture into the sheer brutality of slavery. The stories written and spoken by slaves who ran for freedom then enjoyed the fruits of freedom tell how many slaves felt. Stories told by slaves who were returned to bondage after an unsuccessful undertaking is further testimony slaves wanted to be free!  History tells us at the same time many blacks were being held captive, they participated in the right to be free by participating in the Revolutionary War. this serves as further testimony black people believed in freedom for all.

One of the important rights is which came with freedom, which is still powerful, the right to learn to read. Books were kept slaves. Slave owners knew reading means knowledge and knowledge means power! Harsh punishments were placed on slaves if they were caught trying to learn to read. To teach a slave to read was against the law in most states. There were slaves who lost their site and their lives trying to educate themselves.

America has not completely healed from slavery and the Jim Crow era. Two ways America can further the process is for those writing America's history begin writing the complete story in history books. Historian's speaking about America's history must make certain they are truthful and complete when speaking to their audiences. These actions may start up a dialog, which America urgently needs to finish the healing process.

After slavery, some freed slaves were expected to continue doing manual labor on the plantations. There were slaveholders who promised land (indenture servitude) with their former slaves, most times the former slaveholder's promise was not kept. Most slaves did not want to stay on the land instead the free men and women had other dreams, one of them was attending school or at least leaning how to read.

Collecting Black Americana is a way a person can learn a more inclusive history about Black American's achievements and struggles in America. There are Black Americana museum's throughout America where people can visit and view accumulations of some of these artifacts. A visit to these museums allows visitors to learn seldom known Black American contributions to America. African American museums can help visitors understand America would not be what it is today without these contributions by Black Americans. The derogatory and humiliating artifacts illustrate the falsehoods and concepts of Black Americans example: "Black people are lazy." Black American museums have the artifacts, which may plant a "pride seed". The pride seed has the possibility of cultivating into the love of oneself as an African American. Knowledge of ones ancestor may sow a seed of appreciation for their forefathers and foremothers. After one learns to appreciate the strength required to survive these difficult times in America, the negative images may give visitors what they need to appreciated America's complete history.