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by Samuel Collins, III
Wednesday, March 30, 2011


The great thing about salads is the fact that many different pieces come together to give it flavor. Be it a green salad, potato salad, fruit salad or chicken salad it will be mixed with several ingredients. 

History can be like a salad. Many different communities make up Galveston history and the island is much more flavorful because of them. As chairman for the GHF African American Heritage committee (AAHC), it has been my goal to get Galvestonians to realize first and foremost African American history on the island is Galveston history.

Whether speaking to individuals on the national, state or local board levels my message has been the same. The message is and has been, “Tell the entire American story”. Share the history of all and value the history of others. The next quarter will be a very busy one for GHF and for the AAHC.

Galveston has a unique position with regards to World history, American history and African American history. June 19, 1865 marked the end of American Slavery. Galveston was the last major port West of New Orleans to make the announcement that slavery was over.

Slavery is a very polarizing topic. Many would rather not talk about it. Many would just prefer to eliminate slavery from American history like onions or croutons from a salad. Some would suggest that we just get past it. Should we just get past the Holocaust? Should we forget the Tribal Nations that occupied these lands before they were “settled”? The answer is no we should not.

Like the onion, some of our history makes us cry and like the crouton some of our history is hard to swallow. Nevertheless we can learn from history. We should learn to have empathy for others.

In April we will celebrate the saving of Rosewood cemetery with a THC marker dedication. We need volunteers to help clean-up Rosewood Cemetery on April 9th. Please come out and help.

You have the freedom to accept or reject parts of our history. You can choose to live life enjoying one type of salad with very limited toppings or you could challenge yourself to try something different. You may find the flavor or variety exciting, challenging and/or worthy of further investigation. Come out and celebrate some of these events. Come out and learn something new about GALVESTON history. If you don’t like it, just go back to eating the salad you like.

The following events are scheduled for the AAHC:


March 31, 2011    

Reception highlighting Jack Johnson activities on the island

GHF, 502-20th Street, Galveston, TX


April 9, 2011

Rosewood Cemetery clean-up day. Starts at 1pm.

Rosewood Cemetery, 63rd & Seawall, Galveston, TX


April 16, 2011

THC Marker dedication for Rosewood Cemetery. Starts at 10am.

Rosewood Cemetery, 63rd & Seawall, Galveston, TX


April 30, 2011

Artwalk - Showcasing Jack Johnson prints and other art. 6pm until 9pm.

GHF, 502-20th Street, Galveston, TX


June 11-19, 2011

Juneteenth activities throughout the week TBA.

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