Knowing her daughter was being sold, an enslaved woman named Rose filled a sack with fabric, pecans, a lock of hair, and “her love,” and bestowed it to her daughter Ashley.
The sack was passed down until one of Ashley’s descendants embroidered the sack with their family story, and in doing so preserved their names. The sack is on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History.
Kossola was enslaved at 19 and renamed “Cudjo Lewis.” Hurston’s work preserved his story and reclaimed his name.
Today, a project titled 10 Million Names is on a mission to recover the names of all who were enslaved within the US.
Anti-Blackness wants us to believe our history has been buried because it knows knowledge is power. The reality is our history is very much ALIVE and wanting to be unearthed.