(1.) NY Times: Preserving the legacy of African-American history in the Dominican Republic


Beautiful photography and story by Walter Thompson-Hernández (who you read about last week) about the memory and complicated identity of descendants of African-Americans who migrated to the Dominican Republic in the 1800s. This was when President Jean-Pierre Boyer (one of the leaders of the Haitian Revolution) used land and resources to lure black Americans from the U.S., many who were freed slaves, to the island that he and his compatriots had just overtaken.

Ms. Wilmore and many of the descendants of the 1824 wave of African-Americans, have a complicated definition of their Dominican identity. While they were born in Samaná, and in many ways feel Dominican, they acknowledge their roots in African-American history and have yearned to connect with distant relatives in the United States.


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