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Sharing a Sad Piece of History

Collection of artifacts including slave ship blueprint

Collection of artifacts including slave ship blueprint

Amityville’s Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School students expanded their knowledge of history during a special visit from Carol Gordon, of “Unspoken History Treasures.” Ms. Gordon’s unique collection of artifacts and documents contains items that are more than 300 years old, yet tell a story that is still current in the minds of many African- Americans today.

Ms. Gordon shared a blueprint of a slave ship with the students (pictured here), speaking candidly with them about the unsanitary and inhumane conditions endured by slaves on these vessels. She also showed them an actual pair of shackles that was used to bind the hands and legs of both children and adults. “By sharing this part of history with you,” Ms. Gordon said to the students, “I am attempting to give a voice to the many people who were enslaved and could not speak up for themselves during their enslavement.”

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