Thursday, October 7, 2010

WHY Richmond is the perfect place for a slave museum

THere are only two places suitable for a slave museum.  One is in Montgomery Alabama, the first capital of the Confederacy, or in Richmond.

Richmond wins out, because the Confederacy had it's capital there, and the massive earth works, which were built by slaves.  

No other single place had so many slaves, being tortured, as Richmond during the Civil War.   It's largely an untold story.

Plus, it was the Richmond newspaper that published the "Five Ultimatums"  by the Southern Leaders, then in Montgomery.   All five of the Ultimatums by the South were about slavery.  

On a giant display, just as you enter the slave mueseum, should be a list of those Five Ultimatums.  All the demands were about slavery -- and the first thing the South demanded, was that slavery be forced into the territories, against the wishes of the people there.  

The Ultimatums show -- in one place -- the violence and insanity that dominated the South for generations, to spread slavery.

Almost no one today is taught about the Five Ultimatums about slavery.    In fact, few history teachers even know about them.   But the Confederacy boasted about them at the time.  

2 comments:

  1. Actually, I think Charleston, SC, and New Orleans, LA would be the best sites, since they were the oldest. But Richmond also could use one. And let's not forget New York City and Boston where slave markets did fantastic business right up until the early 19th century.

    ReplyDelete
  2. As an older art collector since my wife passed away, I must admit to being very partial to collecting nudes in art, as original paintings or as good prints, that I have displayed all over the house. (I like to see the surprised faces of my new visitors).
    This one,
    http://en.wahooart.com/A55A04/w.nsf/OPRA/BRUE-8LHTDD, by Emile Munier, is hanging in one corner of my bedroom and was printed by wahooart.com, where I am a very good customer.

    ReplyDelete