On this Fourth, I'd like to share the name of one of my favorite Patriots.
James Forten. I never learned of him in any school classroom. Which is a shame.
Maybe if people like the young racist killer had been taught this in school,
lives could have been saved. This country was built by all races.
I urge anyone, who has never heard of him to google him and learn his great American story and what he worked to do for us all.
He was born free in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
After his father died, James Forten started working at age seven to help out his mother and sister, first as a chimney sweep and then as a grocery-store clerk.
By age nine, Forten left school to work full-time. He used his early experience at work as a measuring stick for the rest of his career and life.
At the age of 14, during the Revolutionary War, Forten served on the privateer Royal Louis, captained by Captain Stephen Decatur, Sr. Upon the ship's capture by British forces, Forten's friendship with the son of the British captain who had captured the Royal Louis,Captain John Beazley, enabled him to be treated as a regular prisoner of war rather than being forced into slavery. He could have excepted freedom if he joined the British.
He was sent to the English prison ship HMS Jersey, moored in Wallabout Bay, (later the site of the Brooklyn Navy Yard). When the American Revolution began, the British used her as a prison ship for captured Continental Army soldiers, making her infamous due to the harsh conditions in which the prisoners were kept. Thousands of men were crammed below decks where there was no natural light or fresh air and few provisions for the sick and hungry. Political tensions only made the prisoners' days worse, with brutal mistreatment by the British guards becoming fairly common. As many as eight corpses a day were buried from the Jersey alone before the British surrendered at Yorktown on 19 October 1781.
James Forten was fortunate; he was able to survive seven months before he was freed in a prisoner exchange. He walked from Brooklyn to Philadelphia to his mother and sister.
His story is far from over at that point..but today, On july 4th, I wanted to post about him and reflect how he fought for our begining nation and could have excepted Freedom from the British at any point. England offered freedom to any freedman or slave who would come and join their side in the war.
This man gave it all for the place of his birth.
Posted by artrogue on July 4, 2013 at 7:25 AM
"Nearly two weeks after the tragic events of Wed. June 17, it's safe to say that the Holy City is on the mend"
You should be throat punched for typing that sentence, J. Fucking Chandler.
Yall aren't making shit. If you were, you wouldn't have to spam the Charleston City Paper.
Get out of here, you fucking MLM posers.
I don't think the first Friday stroll is free wine is it? Lots of the galleries on Broad serve non-alcoholic beverages only, except for during the main art walks in May/March/etc. Do you know of specific locations serving wine? Thanks!
I can't believe I just read this crap.
I'm not sure what you guys were expecting from someone who does the first initial period middle name name byline.
Nice call, Ima, but let's go straight to the finale.
"The unnamed cocktail also had a nice a hibiscus flavor to it."
"literally everyone in the Holy City went to Republic Garden Lounge"
WOW! 120,000 people! Where did they all park?
another ignorant CP columnist
National Iced Tea Day Deals, Tea Parties & Cocktails: Enjoy Iced Tea for FREE
Screw Cinco bullshit!
"Glad to see Freeloaders is back".
I agree. Good stuff.
Glad to see Freeloaders is back!!! But what about Saturday and Sunday?
Also, Tuesday nights at Brickhouse Kitchen there's free music... African Drum Circle from 6:30 - 8:30 and Graham Whorley with friends after that, amazing tunes under the oaks
Or ... Awesome bands playing at the Royal American Saturday night 5/16- fujiwara, the wet boys unplugged, drunk couples...
Get ready for the best community yard sale in West Ashley! Village Green Homeowners Association Spring Community Yards Sale 2015! Lots of great deals for you, more room in our garages for us!! Everything must go! Come on down to Village Green, conveniently located right on Ashley River Rd (Highway 61) in between Drayton Hall Plantation and Drayton Hall Elementary. Just turn left (from Summerville turn right) on West Bridge Rd and enjoy the deals!! Nevermind the beach, this Saturday morning from 8AM-1PM Village Green is the place to go sale-ing!
WoW! This was more painful to read than a Stephanie Barna Southern Charm review
any idea if $$ was actually raised for cancer at the crawfish boil ? i just saw people getting wasted
Well, you know more about it than I do; for instance, you said "This has been going on for a few weeks now."
I'm just participating in my community. When The Scene™ pops back up, forgive me if I get excited. It was, for a long time, my weekly fix for local White Privilege.
I guess, maybe. I don't know. It's not really like I'm following it.
The Scene™ has? Weeks?
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