When people who have long been acknowledged for their work say you’re on the right path, you’re good. Things are smiling on ya. The plan is to go from Maryland to Natchez and Donaldsonville, Louisiana so Ser’s sight is one of the two places that this visit was intended to go to in the first place. With his help at The Forks of the Road museum in Natchez, and that of the River Road African American Museum in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, under the direction of Kathe Hambrick; I am reaching out to local and other Southern institutions inside and outside of African American communities to tell this story and reach a wide audience. What makes Ser’s work so important is that it highlights a part of our history that is often obscured–the domestic slave trade.
This trade had an incredible impact on American culture, and not the least of which–the cultural integrity of African Americans and their influence, including food and foodways. Remember the Deep South was practically wilderness from 1810…Then these thousands of enslaved Blacks are brought to the region–my–our ancestors and mansions and railroads and infrstructure arise and by the Civil War, 2/3 of America’s export wealth is in cotton ALONE. The Domestic Slave Trade was the largest forced migration on American soil, just as the Translatlantic slave trade was the largest forced migration in recorded human history.