“400 YEARS OF INEQUALITY” EXHIBIT

Last year First Church voted unanimously to “explore a project of public remembrance related to our history of complicity with Northern slavery.” At about the same time, 400 Years of Inequality, based at the New School in Manhattan, issued a call to all Americans to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans to be sold into bondage in North America in 1619 at Jamestown. The system established after this defining moment codified inequality in law and custom.  Addressing this legacy of injustice is intimately connected to the struggle for the rights of all oppressed people. 

 

In response, First Church’s Missions and Social Justice Committee has awarded $500 toward the cost of printing a 16-foot Timeline of “400 Years of Inequality,” which would be displayed in Margaret Jewett Hall this fall.  The display is intended to educate onlookers about the history, but also to engage people of all ages in reflection on inequality, and discussion of ways to address these inequalities. The timeline is not static or complete, and further contributions are invited.

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