In addition, here is a website referencing the historical marker. http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=3684…
Smallwood: It seems that you did not open your eyes as a young boy in Baltimore. I grew up in a neighboring state and have seen the marker numerous times. The first was when I was a boy and we took a field trip to the Inner Harbor and historic sights in Baltimore. There is was. It was as plain as day. A sign on a major street by the Star Spangled Banner Museum that read "Baltimore Slave Trade". Why the "simple flyer announcing the slave auction" mesmerized you, I am not sure. I guess you lived in the "county" of Baltimore and missed the history that Baltimore played in the early years of this country as well as the slave trade. The view from my "rose colored glass",the differences between living in Charleston and in Baltimore is the rich tradition of family, friends and the heritages associated with them. In this area, those traditions are taught, observed, respected and recognized for the good points and the bad points. The good points are celebrated and the bad points are recognized and discussed and put on the shelf for later if needed. In the Baltimore area there are a few pockets of that. More often then not, there is little sense of tradition in regards to family and community. One can and will steal, cheat, rob or even kill his/her neighbor because they "deserve it","got what's comin'" or "it in the game" as thoughts that ingrained in generation after generation as if it were acceptable. While I am sure that your article is intended to end with compliment, it starts with a premise that is hard to believe. Futhermore, please feel free to go back home and build upon the lessons taught to you in Charleston instead of writing an obvious article in the Charleston city paper.
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