Source: Black, S., (2019), Digital montage. Additional images from the Tate and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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In “the Longest Memory (1994),… Whitechapel, a veteran slave on a Virginia plantation…, blames himself for the whipping to death of his runaway son. We also hear from the boy himself, the plantation owner and his more questioning daughter, the vicious overseer, as well as early 19th-century newspaper editorials debating contemporary views of slavery and its claimed compatibility with Christianity. Traumatic incidents are at the book’s heart, including the revelation of the boy’s ‘forced conception’ through the rape of a black cook by the overseer’s own father. The self-justifications of all concerned are recorded, enabling readers to make their own judgments.” (British Council, n.d.)