The photo above is in connection to the last post of the bill of sale for slaves. This is an actual slab from an auction block that was located in downtown Memphis during that dreadful period of history. Memphis used to be a bustling port city because of its proximity to the Mississippi River. Slaves were transported by riverboat to downtown Memphis to be auctioned off. For several years, there was a street named Auction until it was changed most recently.
This city where I live, work, and create gets a bad rap a lot. Unfortunately, it’s too easy to get on the pity wagon and mope about what all makes Memphis a hard place to live sometimes. But the more I work in purpose, the more I realize that I’m personally responsible for doing my part to enhance this spot’s quality of living. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always believed that Memphis has a lot going for it – the problem is that it doesn’t seem to recognize or embrace its unique appeal, instead it seems to stand still in a stubborn stance of refusing to change….(read more)