Welcome back to 13East Entertaiment's own quarterly webazine. The East Beast News
There has been a lot of activity this Fall season. None of which we had quite expected to deal with wether good nor bad. The cycles of life had really taken VS and her manifestations for a spin this season. She tries to keep her structures afloat but it is clear she will need some time to heal from her version of life's challenges. She is still in running force however. it will take time before we can get the good ole'V back
KEY WEST TOMBS
As viewed in our previous East Beast News, Summer 2018 issue, you've seen the beauty of the Bahama Islands and the Florida Keys. You joined us as we took in the joy of acknowledging various styles of life. However the trip was not purely for fun and games. Besides the symbolic experience Ms. V had felt in her life goals, it was also a time to walk in the shoes that once brought to mind the tragedies of the past. It was to bring a reality check as we climb and wrangle the mountains to our dreams. To show meaning of the cultral mileage brought forth at that moment compared to how it all began in the first place. Ms. V made it clear this trip was necessary, either to pay homage or to show appreciation.
Key West Florida's Higgs Beach played a crucial role in the Transatlantic slave trade. A cemetary rests right upon the beach and happens to be the only known refugee cemetary in the U.S. Let's be clear, these were African refugees, not slaves! The story unfolds of the U.S Navy capturing three (3) American-owned slave ships that were captured near the coast of Cuba. The Africans were then brought to Key West Florida as a sancutary. The story has it that the Navy rescued more than 1,400 men, women and children from that mission. Housing and hospitals were built along the island to assist the refugees. Most refugees were returned to Africa, but almost 300 died from slave ship conditions. They were burried along the shore of the island and then forgotten for many years. One day a story surfaced in regards to this history and Dr. Lawrence Conyers was called. He took on the project and soon after, discovered graves. The ground was reconsecrated by island priests and African Shaman. Since the discovery of the first grave, hundreds of other graves were discovered.
The colorful flooring lays out the maritime slave route. If you notice the decorative tiles on the side of the monument, it tells the story of what happened during that time. The fact that they gave a proper burial to those that were forgotten and then finalized the burial appropriately from a real African Shaman spoke volumes in the respect that it was given. Key West does not hide the horror that occurred and they give proper respects to those left in the middle or became ill. I think I spent well over an hour in this one spot. Again, I was fascinated by the respect given as well as the history it provided by native tongue. I instantly felt a sense of appreciation to those on the island. I never knew of such a grave monument towards the African American people nor had I ever heard of the privates that were involved. This monument fulfilled answers to questions that I had swimming in my brain for years. But now it left open to new questions that I never even fathomed before.
As you've seen above, there are pedestals surrounding the grave monument. Now I do not feel comfortable walking on the graves of the dead but I just had to see what the pedestals represented. Hell, I did not expect to come across a slave monument while island hopping but I damn sure was going to be nosey to the messages that may have an effect towards the bloodlines.
Each pedistal surrounding the grave site is topped with a bronze plaque and dressed with a Adinkra symbol.
"The symbols on these columns are known as Adinkra (or edinkra), and originate in Ghana, West Africa, where the Atlantic "slave trade" began. Each symbol stands for a proverb or idea. They are traditionally stamped onto clothes in rhythmic patterns. Adinkra means "farewell," and the clothes were originally worn at funerals (red for younger people and white for elders). Although these symbols are traditionally associated with death, they also represent new beginnings."
So so many more to read from:
Also translate as "Unless God," "Be but for God" or "Only God."
Aproverb states, "I fear nothing in the universe, except God.
The most popular adinkra symbol, representing the supremacy and omnipotence of God.
"What I hear I keep,"
"I have listened, and I have learned."
Symbols of Knowledge, Wisdom and Prudence
There are lessons to be learned from every experience in life. "Even when the fool speaks, the wise person listens."
In spite of the all the horrors they endured, the captives aboard the three ships learned and kept valuable lessons from their survival.
"The moon does not hasten on its way around the world."
Symbol of Steadiness, Peace and Patience
"This too will pass." A reminder that patience is required in awaiting any outcome. It is necessary to know that everything must run its course in Divine time. Even the nightmare of the Middle Passage and slavery had to end in its due time, but it was necessary to remain strong, resistant andbe patient throughout its duration.
I dont know about you, but do you remember seeing this symbol? It is patterend through out Egypt writings/ drawings as head pieces but also in other places throughout the country and writings.
NYAME BIRIBI WO SORO
"God, I know there is something in the heavens."
Symbol of Hope and Faith
Even in the worst of circumstances, God is always there. This timeless knowledge has preserved in an African American gospel song,
"....Up above my head, I hear music in the air,
Up above my head, there's a heaven somewhere,".
and in a wise Brazilian proverb:
"Don't tell God that you have a great problem,
Tell your problem that you have a great God."
I wanted to recognize the past in order to understand where it is that I am meant to go."
She went on to say, "I do not know why, but in time, I'll understand." This meaning identified gallantly with "sometimes you might not know where you going until you can understand where you've been," with the reference underlying her own sense within culture. She had been on a mission to build and it was not until recently she had finally been able to visualize the full course of her direction. To see where faith has lead her was symbolic and appropriate for the moment.
The beginning story of the tile monument was pretty simple in its explanation. The beginning was the various tribes in Africa have all came from one place.
However different, they all were connected despite differences in tribes, they had respect for each others way of life.
There was once peace regardless of shade or tribe within the land. From the Albino to the Darkest shade, everyone was at one with peace until a clash of indifference had sparked change and uprooted those from their homes. These persons were considered ghosts/ or pirates.
And whomever went with them were forever bound and chained. These pirates helped enslave many and an uncounted many were shipped throughout the globe to forever be displaced from their natural homes. Despite the pain, the displaced are all connected by heart. These synchronized hearts of the displaced from their lands will provide lessons that will establish new roots throughout global lands for eternity.