An Open Tab

You might have noticed that I like to leave the morning on an upbeat note; leave ‘em laughing as they say in show biz. But today I saw an obituary for Daniel Smith that really drives home that human slavery in the United States was not so long ago.

Daniel Smith, one of the last children of enslaved Americans, dies at 90

He grew up hearing stories from his father, who was born into bondage during the Civil War. Decades later, he marched in Washington and Selma with fellow civil rights activists.

…Mr. Smith, who was 90 when he died Oct. 19 at a hospital in Washington, was one of the last remaining children of enslaved Black Americans, and a rare direct link to slavery in the United States. Born when his father was 70, he was part of a generation that dwindled and then all but disappeared, taking with them stories of bondage that were told firsthand by mothers and fathers who, after enduring brutal conditions on Southern plantations, sought to build a new, better life for their families.

It’s worth your time to read, or maybe save it for lunchtime.

He was younger than some other recent deaths, Angela Lansbury and Queen Elizabeth. Think about that.

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7 Responses to An Open Tab

  1. Jimmy T says:

    I still remember when actual former slaves were still living, but this was a long time ago, and I was just a young guy. May they rest in peace…

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  2. What a great story–thanks.

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  3. I did think about his age and how he was a final link… so much to think about.

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  4. “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” –William Faulkner

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  5. There are still slaves in America. They’re called prison inmates.


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