Sunday, September 27, 2015
A tour of the real slave relics in the Palmetto State; Pope slams "radical loneliness" in sermon in Philadelphia, and its avoidance of family formation
I was in the Carolinas this past week, and I did view a few exhibits that show the horrific experience for slavery as it was actually lived before the Civil War.
The most telling exhibit is probably the Slave Relic Historical Museum in Walterboro, SC, on Carn Street. It’s closer to Charleston than Columbia, and a bit west of I-26. It’s in an old house run informally by an African American couple. The link is here. Photography is not allowed indoors. The cost is $6. There is a room completely furnished as it would have been in the 1820s, and the visitor can hold a heavy iron chain, like that used on the slave ships of the movie “Amistad”.
The South Carolina Confederate Relic Room is housed inside the South Carolina State Museum, in the back portion, beyond the atrium. Besides battlefield history, more slavery exhibits are available. The main portion of the SC State museum has many related exhibits of plantation lifestyle.
The Confederate Flag, removed from the Capitol, has not yet been displayed here because of politics.
The Capitol grounds, however, have a bronze sculpture African American memorial,
The city of Orangeburg SC, 40 miles SW of Columbia, as the site of much unrest in 1968, at exactly the same time I was in Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, SC (immediately East of Columbia). Basic soldiers were technically on “red alert” the nights after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in Memphis on April 4, 1968.
The city of Charleston SC has a long slave-mart building on Market Street (E of Meeting) that is today a series of commercial arcades.
The AME Emmanuel church was the site of a mass shooting of African-American prayer observers by Dylann Roof on June 17, 2015. The property is still closed but visible on Calhoun Street, an easy walk from the market area. Public parking in crowded downtown Charleston is available and relatively inexpensive.
The Pope is speaking about changes and depersonalization of modern culture (and “radical loneliness” and “fear of commitment in a limitless effort to fear recognized”) in Philadelphia as I write this post! And the Schumann Piano Fantasy plays in my mind. Later the Pope talked about the trend for young adults to put off marriage and postpone or avoid creating families (and complementarity) until conditions (and partners) are perfect enough. Opting for marriage and family is "being brave" he said. Note he is not talking about infidelity or unwanted teen pregnancy in the usual sense He is criticizing the culture for not pushing or even allowing families to form in the first place. My own life sounds like the perfect exanple, as someone who has "learned to live without a family" and even prosper better without one, He says young adults need to "take risk" to move toward commitment of marriage. This all sounds like the "Epilogue" in the Nonfiction part of my DADT-3 book.