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Differing Slave Memorializations

This past weekend I visited Nacogdoches, Texas and spent some time looking around a slave cemetery in the center of the city. Unlike the cemetery that we visited in Georgetown there was not an obvious racial segregation between the plots, and the signage throughout the area deliberately took space to recognize the slaves that were buried there and their contributions to both Nacogdoches history as well as Texas history. I find it interesting that in a city that seems to have so much modern racial segregation, why they have been able to formally recognize this part of their history, while a city such as Georgetown can’t. Along the same lines I found this contradiction between physical memorialization and more subtle societal memorialization to be¬†disconcerting. If a city continues to engage in the perpetuation of the socio-economic legacies of slavery, but makes a deliberate effort to embrace and recognize the mistakes of their past, then does that effort even count for anything? Much similar to the question I asked last week, does the presence of positive memorialization outweigh any bit of negative memorialization that may exist? Or is the presence of positive memorialization enough of an effort unto itself?

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  1. 4lillie5
    February 26, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    I didn’t realize Nacogdoches had done memorialization better than Georgetown. I agree, this is both confusing and sad. I would’ve thought Georgetown’s proximity to Austin- a more liberal city in Texas and our capitol- would mean that Georgetown might be better about preserving black history.

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