Why Slaves’ Graves Matter By Sandra A. Arnold

Arnold, who created the National Burial Database of Enslaved Americans, stresses that the importance of preserving the burial sites of enslaved Americans is not only because “[t}heir overlooked lives are an inextricable part of the historical narrative of our country” but because “[t]hey offer our contemporary society examples of resilience and humanity. Preserving their memory contributes to our own humanity.”

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