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Redemption Played Out in Old South Between Englishman and Disabled Boy in New Novella

Tyler Tichelaar reviewed Sovrin’s Star — 5 stars! July 20, 2018 Sovrin’s Star: Mississippi Connection, Volume One John Reyer Afamasaga Three Times Dot Org LLC (2018) ISBN: 978-1-62501-204-3 Sovrin’s Star by John Reyer Afamasaga is the first book in the new Mississippi Connection Trilogy. It opens with an atmospheric scene set in the Old South … Continue reading Redemption Played Out in Old South Between Englishman and Disabled Boy in New Novella

An Interview with James Meredith & Anthony Bourdain on Oxford

John Reyer Afamasaga, Geno Lee, James Howard Meredith – 6/4/18 Early last Monday morning I set out for Jackson MS in the hope of interviewing James Howard Meredith, the first African American student to enroll at Ole Miss. All week I was nervous whether the interview with Mr. Meredith would happen. His words to me … Continue reading An Interview with James Meredith & Anthony Bourdain on Oxford

Door Ajar

WORK IN PROGRESS Documentary 80 minutes Release 2019 1950 in segregated Mississippi an art professor installs a black artist as his janitor so that he can teach him. Over a decade before the first black student—James Meredith—was escorted by U.S Marshalls to class at the University of Mississippi in 1962 amidst rioting that led to … Continue reading Door Ajar

“A thought-provoking and sensitive exploration”

The Yard documentary film April 27, 2018 UK Film Review ★★★★ Directed by: John Reyer Afamasaga Starring: Tim Huebner Documentary Film Review by: Chris Olson LINK TO ORIGINAL ARTICLE A thought-provoking and sensitive exploration of the racially notorious legacy of Southern USA that attempts to topple myth and half truths by honouring the reality of one … Continue reading “A thought-provoking and sensitive exploration”

New historical marker updates Nathan Bedford Forrest’s role in slave trade

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A new historical marker that acknowledges Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest’s role in the slave trade in Memphis was dedicated Wednesday in a ceremony downtown. The original marker, erected on Adams Avenue in 1955, noted that Forrest’s home stood nearby and that he operated a “business enterprise” near the site. But it … Continue reading New historical marker updates Nathan Bedford Forrest’s role in slave trade

New Historic Marker to be Unveiled at Site of Forrest Slave Mart on April 4

An existing marker, placed by the Tennessee Historical Commission in 1955, mentions only that Forrest had a home at the site and that he became wealthy from his “business enterprises.” It neglects to mention that Forrest’s home stood adjacent to the slave yard, which Forrest owned and operated between 1854 and 1860. As a slave trader, Forrest sold thousands of enslaved men, women, and children at the site. It is believed that most ended up on plantations in the Mississippi Delta region. The trade occurred next to Calvary Church, which had been built in 1843 at the corner of Adams and Second. The property owned by Forrest is now part of the church’s parking lot.

Confronting the true history of Forrest the slave trader (The Commercial Appeal)

At the corner of Adams and B.B. King in Downtown Memphis, a sign marks the site of Nathan Bedford Forrest’s antebellum home. “Following marriage in 1845,” the marker states, “he came to Memphis, where his business enterprises made him wealthy.” What the sign neglects to mention is that his home stood adjacent to his business enterprise — Forrest’s slave yard.