“For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill.
The eyes of all people are upon us…”

John Winthrop, 1630

In Pioneer’s ongoing series of blogs here, here, here, and here on curricular resources for parents, families, and teachers during COVID-19, this one focuses on:

Introducing K-12 schoolchildren to Massachusetts monuments & memorials

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others,” the great Athenian statesman Pericles said in 430 B.C. Given the recent controversies, unrest, and the fact that wider understanding of public art is far too often neglected in K-12 education, we’re offering a variety of links about monuments, memorials, and statues across Massachusetts for parents, teachers, and schoolchildren to explore and visit, including the following:

A New England Memorial that should be…

Appreciating and understanding our shared past is about addition, not subtraction. As the country seems as divided as ever over the role of public monuments, memorials, and statues, it’s wise to remember we cannot hide from our history.

Proposed: New England Memorial to the victims of the Atlantic Slave Trade, a prominent place in downtown Boston, MA

“The Atlantic slave trade, transatlantic slave trade, or Euro-American slave trade involved the transportation by slave traders of enslaved African people, mainly to the Americas. The slave trade regularly used the triangular trade route and its Middle Passage, and existed from the 16th to the 19th centuries. The vast majority of those who were enslaved and transported in the transatlantic slave trade were people from Central and West Africa, who had been sold by other West Africans, or by half-European “merchant princes” to Western European slave traders (with a small number being captured directly by the slave traders in coastal raids), who brought them to the Americas… The best-known triangular trading system is the transatlantic slave trade that operated from the late 16th to early 19th centuries, carrying slaves, cash crops, and manufactured goods between West Africa, Caribbean or American colonies and the European colonial powers, with the northern colonies of British North America – especially New England…”

Thomas Alexandre Dumas Slavery Memorial, Paris, France

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