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Hardy in Franklin County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Carry Me Home

 
 
Carry Me Home Marker text image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, August 18, 2018
1. Carry Me Home Marker text
Viewing marker from the north. Background image shows an African American burial.
Inscription.  A slave has died.

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.
 
Location. 37° 6.946′ N, 79° 43.817′ W. Marker is in Hardy, Virginia, in Franklin County. Marker can be reached from Booker T Washington Highway (Virginia Route
Carry Me Home Marker image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, August 18, 2018
2. Carry Me Home Marker
Viewing marker from the north. Background image shows an African American burial.
122) 0.2 miles west of Lost Mountain Road (Virginia Route 636), on the right when traveling east. Exit rear of Visitor Center and walk south for 0.3 miles to reach the marker. 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 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 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); 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); Taylor’s Store (approx. 3.4 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.)
 
Categories. African AmericansCemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Carry Me Home Marker image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, August 18, 2018
3. Carry Me Home Marker
Viewing marker from the north. Background image shows an African American burial.
Plantation Today map image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, August 18, 2018
4. Plantation Today map
Located behind the Visitor Center. Viewing from the north.
This bridge is crossed in approach to marker. image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, August 18, 2018
5. This bridge is crossed in approach to marker.
Viewing from the north.
Booker Taliaferro Washington Memorial and exterior of Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, August 18, 2018
6. Booker Taliaferro Washington Memorial and exterior of Visitor Center
Viewing from the north.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 16, 2019. This page has been viewed 66 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 16, 2019. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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