Why Did They March? #SELMA
Powerful. Historic. Breathtaking.
Why Did They March? #SELMA
Powerful. Historic. Breathtaking.
The mystery continues! Compare the medal worn by one of our Mystery Soldiers and the featured Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) medal. Are they one in the same? And if yes, what does this tell us about their military service?
Now consider the medal (below) worn by this distinguished Buffalo Solider from Company A, 25th United States Infantry Regiment. Are we looking at the same medal and if so, what does that tell us?
Questions of the day:
MANY thanks to my geneaholics (True and Bernita) and history/military buffs tossing their research eye into our search for answers. Kudos to Rick Romancito, TEMPO readers via Taos News and our new friends at the
Gloria paid .40 cents each for 4 picture frames, and it wasn’t until 3 days later she discovered the 9th Cavalry image hidden securely between two mats, and on the underside the horse and carriage image featured above.
She tells me she’s never shared the images with anyone outside of her immediate family, only taking them to be appraised in 1994 and last week to Taos News, in the hope it would prompt a Black History Month feature.
Having lost her Husband in 1965, Gloria shared how the image of the soldiers helped to ease her grief. She’d often examine their faces, wondering about the lives of the 10 men.
So what have we learned and/or confirmed?
As “luck” would have it friends, I happened to find myself sitting beside a colleague, Rick Romancito (TEMPO Editor, Taos News) as he interviewed the owner of the above historic image.
“Gloria” purchased the image 40+ years ago from an estate sale in Los Angeles, CA. In 1994 she had the image appraised, details of which are included below.
I’ve enlisted the aid of my own personal military advisers, True Lewis (Army) of My True Roots and Bernita Allen (Air Force) of Voices Inside My Head to help track down details regarding these distinguished Servicemen. Now I enlist the help of our genealogy community!:)
We’d love to confirm service details and if possible, identify and call their respective names! Are they in fact U.S. Cavalry 9th Regiment Company G Servicemen?
Wouldn’t it be amazing to know the origins of the medals they’re wearing so proudly and/or to connect this rare image to living descendants who would love to see their Ancestors in this light?
ALL feedback is welcome, so PLEASE do leave comments, ideas and thoughts.
There’s a good chance you’ll be seeing our Servicemen as an ongoing article in our local TEMPO section of the Taos News as we work through this mystery together.
There are less than 100 African Americans in the town of Taos. And to my knowledge I’m the only genealogist — let alone a researcher with African American military interest and a visible online presence. What are the odds that the owner […]
2014 has been a year where we’ve felt our faith in humanity stretched to its limits. The year when when I gave voice to my greatest fear, mankind is hopeless and beyond repair.
In my darkest and angriest times, I take refuge in Spirit. I hold fast to faith that flows beyond any ignorant deed or act of aggression; faith that rises above my understanding and despair.
It’s my faith in the larger plan, the bigger, DIVINE picture that I am anchored to. It’s my awareness of what my Ancestors endured that assures me we CAN and WILL make it.
We are not alone. This is all part of the journey. This day must manifest so better ones can follow.
Just like the seeds of America’s past have yielded fruit, so has (and will) the harvest planted by our Ancestors, family and community. And in that harvest, I plant my faith.
Image: GOGO AND THE ANCESTORS by MARIETJIE HENNING
Embrace life. Make fruitful your gifts. Plant good seeds. Reap an abundant harvest.
Take nothing, NOTHING for granted.
Wow. Another year has come and gone, and it was a blessed one!:)
No it wasn’t without its struggles, life challenges and character building opportunities but it was blessed nonetheless.
We’re here. Healthy and with presence of mind, we’ve been given yet another opportunity to live to NIA (purpose).
I rebelled for many years against the notion of being born to help others. Such weight always seemed unfair to me, as if my 9 Life Path could be altered by my own selfish desires!
Aging is beautiful when we accept ourselves for who we are, invest on changing what can be improved and offer grace/forgiveness to our own humanity.
I’m thankful that my questions related to my purpose are no longer WHY but HOW?
2015 upon us Family. What will we do with this gift?
UJAMAA (Cooperative Economics): To build our own businesses, control the economics of our own community and share in all its work and wealth.
In 2013 I posted this picture to offer friends and family a view of the road ahead for me. It’s the road leading to Taos, N.M.
1 year later I’ve made the journey. I take in that glorious blue sky and those mountains bringing me such peace, daily.
Today is a reminder for me my work is not finished. It’s not just enough to make it here. I must fulfill ALL the reasons I came for.
I’m surrounded by inspiring examples of UJAMAA by way of my circle of friends. Tonie V. who recently opened her Taos Libelulas Etsy store showcasing her beautiful beaded jewelry. Michelle L. the dynamo behind our favorite soap EVER – Nature’s Emporium Cherokee Soap. Adrian T. who despite my lectures begging him to slow down, continues on the grind selling from his collection of amazing global artifacts at SAIOTE. Rocking the showroom of my interior design dreams Ivelisse B. of Antiquarius Imports. And my earliest Taos inspiration, Lenny F. of Living Light Gallery. For his photography there are no words! Lenny’s “Healing Hands” was my 1st […]
UJIMA (Collective Work & Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and to solve them together.
Though we could live happily without the tragic circumstances that spawned it, the #BlackLivesMatter movement spanning the globe is a powerful and necessary display of Ujima.
Your problems are our problems.
In both big and small ways, we must — yes MUST — seek out ways to support each other through life’s challenges and in the case of #BlackLivesMatter, to fight against injustice.
With police shootings of Black Americans reaching epidemic proportions, and justice system rulings mimicking it’s Jim Crow predecessor, if ever there was a time to bond together as a community undivided, it is NOW.
The lives and future of our children depend on it.
UJIMA = Collective Work & Responsibility
KUJICHAGULIA (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
In 2014 I renewed my commitment to living a life defined on my own terms.
I sat aside the expectations of others to decide how I should work and/or where I should live.
I discarded the opinions of anyone who questioned my ability to “call the shots” for my life and shut down anyone who dared to define “my normal”.
I’m blessed to know who I am at my spirit’s core and to be totally at peace with who she is.
Thankful to pass on the charge to my children to be as different, unique and diverse as they need to be, so long as it leads to true happiness and enlightenment.
Don’t live outside the box — reject the notion of a box completely.
Just live. Be. Thrive.
As long as I have breath and presence of mind, may I continue defining who I am and who I need to be according to the Law of Luckie.
With God’s grace, I have that right and you do too. EMBRACE IT today for tomorrow is not promised.
Habari gani? KUJICHAGULIA (self-determination)
And thank you Audre Lorde for showing me the path. Walk in light Gamba Adisa. ASHE!