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Our group will place our monument on the corner of 11th Street and Broadway located in Columbus, Georgia. Today, this is home to a growing city. There are restaurants, clothing shops, and the downtown campus of a local college nearby.
However, historically, this location was the site of two murders of Africans. The two men, Jesse Slayton and Will Miles, were hung upon a tree by an angry mob. They were then left to rot. This was a continuation of dehumanization of Blacks in the south from the transatlantic slave trade in which nearly nine million Africans were taken from their homes. Of that, 305,300 were brought to the United States.
By doing this memorial, we hope to bring light to Columbus' dark past and to honor the many whose fate was the same.
Columbus State University
Columbus, Georgia, transatlantic slave trade, lynching
Styles, Makayla; Stewart, Jamia; Hobley, Donavon; and Lockhart, Destiny, "Strange Fruit" (2020). History from Below: Memorialization Projects. 31.