The Free Registry commemorates the legacy of the African Diaspora and serves as a counterpoint to the 1852 Slave Registry of the Village of Ponce, a perfunctory list of owners and their “properties” with descriptions that painfully reveal the inhumanity of slavery. Visitors, regardless of their bloodline, are invited to connect with our shared history. TO COMMENT, JUST CLICK ON ANY OF THE POST TITLES

Saturday, May 17, 2008

A Chilling Registry and a Shared History

This registry is chilling but unfortunately not surprising. It documents the inhumanity of human beings in a most blatant form. The men and women are treated as commodities with their value (or lack of) to the slave owners based solely on their physical qualities. 

I commend MediaNoche for bringing us a glimpse of this exhibition. It's so educational for us to see verification that Latinos and African American share the same ancestry and unfortunately the same mistreatment.

L. Prout

3 comments:

Martin M. said...

You're right. There is a shared history between Puerto Ricans and African Americans. We share three heritages: The European, the African and the Indian. There have been plus and minuses on all sides. but I do not think, I would trade places with anyone in any place and any time. I hope you feel the same way.

Virginia said...

People should read this.

Anonymous said...

African American slaves and Puerto Rican slaves have one thing in comon, they both came from Africa. So why do they seperste them? Is because they where forsed too speak Spanish in stead off English. They have the same acetory.