Nashville in Davidson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Lest We Forget: The Middle Passage
Erected 1999 by TN Legislative Black Caucus and Governor Don Sundquist.
Location. Touch for map. Marker and monument are located near the southwest corner of the Tennessee State Capitol grounds. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville TN 37219, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sam Davis of Tennessee (a few steps from this marker); Tennessee State Capitol (within shouting distance of this marker); Andrew Johnson (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Alvin C. York (about 500 feet away); Founding of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (about 500 feet away); Nashville Sit-Ins (about 500 feet away); Andrew Jackson (about 500 feet away); Holy Rosary Cathedral (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nashville.
Regarding Lest We Forget: The Middle Passage. The marker uses the year 1444 as the beginning of the Maafa, as that year marked when the Portuguese brought enslaved people from Africa to work on the sugar plantations of the Madeira Islands, off the coast of modern Morocco.
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1. Black African Holocaust. Maafa is a Kiswahili term for disaster, calamity or terrible occurrence. This term has been used to describe the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade/Middle Passage. people of African Descent are invited in an attempt to honor our ancestors who have suffered through the middle passage AND the lives that continue to be compromised due to racism and oppression. (Submitted on March 19, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. The Middle Passage. The enslaved Africans were from different countries and different ethnic and cultural groups. They spoke different languages. Many had never seen the sea before, let alone been on a ship. They had no knowledge of where they were going or what awaited them. The voyage usually took six to eight weeks. There are a very few accounts of the Middle Passage written by enslaved Africans who had experienced conditions on a slave ship firsthand. One well known African writer who did experience the crossing was Olaudah Equiano. He wrote, “The shrieks of the women and the groans of the dying, rendered the whole a scene of horror almost inconceivable”, in his autobiography The Interesting Narrative, published in 1789. (Submitted on March 19, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • African Americans • Colonial Era •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 20, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 19, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 60 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 19, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.