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Yessenia Funes, Yes! Magazine
Fania Davis brought together a group of restorative justice leaders to launch a national Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Photo by Paul Dunn.
Apr 13, 2016 | Around the year 1619, slavery landed on the North American shore. Slave ships sailed across the Atlantic Ocean. Then, west along the James River. Finally, to a village on the modern-day site of Richmond, Virginia. Once there, slave traders led Africans through obscure forest trails—but only at night, so as not to disturb the day to day lives of white folk. Eventually sold at auction at the village, these Africans became slaves, continuing the racist history that began with the genocide of Native people.
In 1737, the village was renamed Richmond. It was at this place, which marked the beginning of America’s legacy of violence against African Americans, that revolutionaries met this winter to discuss how to finally heal these wounds.
Yessenia Funes is an assistant editor at Yes! Magazine A New York native, she covers inequality, poverty, and climate justice.
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