Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison once remarked on the dearth of monuments commemorating the lives of enslaved people in the United States. Not even a “bench by the road,” she said. And that was the impetus for the Toni Morrison Society Bench By the Road Project, which places black steel memorial benches at sites of significance in black American history. The first was installed in 2008 at Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, the landing point for nearly half the captured Africans who were sold into slavery in the United States.
Ratified in December 1865, which amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolished slavery?
Previous answer: Minnie Pearl’s famous straw hat had a $1.98 price tag dangling from the brim.
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