an american exodus

Happy Sabbath 🙏🏾 (Friday sundown to Saturday sundown)

Happy Sabbath children of Israel (blacks, native americans, Hispanics)

Exodus 20:8-11 “
8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.”

The world was made for you:

2 Esdras 7:10-11 “10 And I said, It is so, Lord. Then said he unto me, Even so also is Israel’s portion.
11 Because for their sakes I made the world: and when Adam transgressed my statutes, then was decreed that now is done.”

Leviticus 20:26 “And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.”

Edit: Group of Northern Cheyenne men awaiting trial, Dodge City, Kansas, 1879

Indian agent (?) with unidentified group

Photographer: J.R. Riddle
Date: 1886 - 1888?
Negative Number 076137

We don’t know much about this shot, so let us know if you happen to recognize anyone in this photo. The stairs don’t provide a lot of information about location either.

“Emancipation” by Elizabeth Alexander

Corncob constellation,
oyster shell, drawstring pouch, dry bones.

Gris gris in the rafters.
Hoodoo in the sleeping nook.
Mojo in Linda Brent’s crawlspace.

Nineteenth century corncob cosmogram
set on the dirt floor, beneath the slant roof,
left intact the afternoon
that someone came and told those slaves

“We’re free.”


Poem: “Emancipation” by Elizabeth Alexander from American Sublime (2006)

Image: “Exodus of Confederates from Atlanta” by Kara Walker