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June 23, 2008

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Jeff

Thanks for reading our blog and commenting on the post! Since we wrote this post back in 2008, the memorial, of course, has been erected. You can see a photo of the memorial and read a little bit more about it here: http://www.sculpture.org/portfolio/sculpture_info.php?sculpture_id=1014785

Jeff

Red T. Mitchell

FIVE BLACK MARBLE SLABS/ FIRST GREAT EMANCIPATION

The Prince Hall Monument was designed to be a teaching tool. Initial questions were about the numbers of African Americans who fought with George Washington in the Revolutionary Army and about the abolition of slavery in the north. Research by prominent historians and a joint resolution of our 98th Congress, Public Law 98-245 gave us some answers.
From 17766 to 1783 more than 5,000 black men, by fighting to free this nation, freed themselves. Thus it was declared that the five black marble slabs of he monument, mined in Africa, would represent those 5,000 and all the other Black Patriots of the founding period of our nation.

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