In the summer of 2008 I went to Savannah, Georgia with my cousin. Savannah is a beautiful place. The water is lovely, the people are generous and the food is amazing!
Television star chef Paula Deene has her own restaraunt in Savannah. We had the chance to eat the food that she actually cooks in her own kitchen. After an almost three hour wait just to make reservations, we had the most southern style meal.
We had many great experiences in this great city. We had the chance to go on Black History tour. We learned about the four brave African-American soldiers that stood against an entire army while their fellow soldiers retreated. We actually went on the battlefield, and as the leader talked about the men it felt as though I could actually see with my own eyes the men standing in the giant field alone against an entire army.
We learned about the first African-American church. Under the church was a real part of the Underground Railroad. It had the original symbols of safety and the opening in the floor that the people climbed in from the ground under the church. The church had an auction building across the street where they used to actually sell the slaves in the front while people bidded on them as though they were products bought in a supermarket.
The tour instructors showed the memorial places of the great people that came through or lived in Savannah. The experience opened my eyes to what my ancestors went through just to survive. It made me wonder how I would live in those type of conditions. How would I cope without being by my family after being held captive for so long.
I would encourage anyone of any race to take the tour just to realize that the lives we live now are a piece of cake compared to the lives of other people. It helped me on my epiphany of life. Maybe people wouldn’t complain about what they have if they could see the people that had literally nothing to live on, no family to support them, no clean clothes, no nutritious food, no identity, no life in general.
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