Category: freedom

One of the first things free blacks could grow, eat, and sell…

One of the first things free blacks could grow, eat, and sell were watermelons. It became a symbol of freedom that was corrupted into a negative stereotype by southern whites and still persists today.

The “Star of the South”, one of the largest diamonds…

The “Star of the South”, one of the largest diamonds in the world. Discovered near a river in Brazil in July 1853, it was found by a slave girl named Rosa, who turned the diamond over to her master. He rewarded her by granting her freedom and giving her a pension for life.

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