Charlottesville Historical Resources Committee Account With Slave Marker Site | State and regional news
“In addition, there is the letter from Mrs. Maria Perkins. It was a literate and enslaved mother who wrote to her husband to say: “Please find me a buyer right now because they have already sold my son Albert and they have sold me. take them to the courthouse next week. And then it simply disappears from the historical records. So we have a few words of real slaves that we can draw inspiration from, ”Schmidt said.
Schmidt said some of the descendants encouraged the development of an educational component to accompany any monument or physical marker.
Schmidt and Douglas organized their last visit to the Confederate statues on Remembrance Day. They aim to give participants a greater historical context to the white supremacist origins of the statues through tours.
The tours specifically focused on the context of the statues in relation to Charlottesville’s black community, particularly how the statues were erected in parks that were only open to whites.
“Dr. Douglas estimates that we had over 1000 people… I think it made a difference and people say, ‘you know what you said, it really got me thinking, it made me change my mind about some things. “It really moved me. So I think it made a difference just in terms of educating the community, and that’s why Dr Douglas and I are doing it,” he said. Schmidt said.
“They are free, we don’t have registration, you just have to introduce yourself, because we want to disseminate this information to the community. That’s why we did it, and I think it made a difference or at least from what people tell me, I think it changed the conversation here locally as far as how we are. let’s think about the public space and what should happen there. “