How African American folklore saved the cultural memory and history of slaves

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All over the world, community stories, customs and beliefs have been passed down from generation to generation.

  • Jennifer Dos Reis Dos Santos
  • The Conversation

This folkore is used by elders to teach family and friends about their collective cultural past. And for African Americans, folklore has played a particularly important part in documenting history too.

Folka 1aThe year 1619 marked the beginning of African American history, with the arrival of the first slave ship in Jamestown, Virginia.

Slavery put African Americans not only in physical shackles. They were prevented from gaining any type of knowledge, including learning to read or write during their…

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