Hardy in Franklin County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Carry Me Home
As in Africa, mourners keep all-night vigil, chanting loudly and praying. When the next day's work is done, friends of the dead slave gather from surrounding farms. Then the long procession marches out—songs and shouts, drums and torches in the dusk.
The pageantry strikes owners as raucous, pagan, and dangerous—a chance slave conspiracy. But the human need to deal with death prevails most owners to let slaves mourn as they wish.
Friends bear the rough coffin into the forest, long a place of secret meetings, of sanctuary, of paths only known to slaves. A respected slave preaches briefly and mourners throw dirt on the grave. A hymn rises to the hope of reaching in death, if not life, the place "where bondage is never known."
Erected by Booker T. Washington National Monument, National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites.
Location. 37° 6.946′ N, 79° 43.817′ W. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12130 Booker T Washington Hwy, Hardy VA 24101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jack-O-Lantern Branch Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Freed Here, At Last (approx. ¼ mile away); How Tobacco Farms Used Slavery (approx. ¼ mile away); The Landscape of Slavery (approx. ¼ mile away); Slavery on the Plantation (approx. ¼ mile away); Booker T. Washington National Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); Booker T. Washington's Birthplace (approx. 0.3 miles away); Booker T. Washington Birthplace (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hardy.
Also see . . .
1. Booker T. Washington National Monument, National Park Service. (Submitted on August 16, 2019.)
2. Dr. Booker Taliaferro Washington, Tuskegee University. (Submitted on August 16, 2019.)
3. Booker T. Washington National Monument, National Register of Historic Places. (Submitted on August 17, 2019.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 16, 2019. This page has been viewed 142 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 16, 2019. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.