This lyrical documentary shows artifacts from the LEST WE FORGET BLACK HOLOCAUST MUSEUM OF SLAVERY (lwfsm.com/) in Philadelphia, intercut with verses by Phillis Wheatley from 1765.
Items: (A) Silver Brush, Comb and Mirror with the companion brass and silver handled Whip. This was traditionally given to a young woman of the slave owning class upon her 14th or 15th birthday. (B) Traditional iron neck, ball and chain with leather insert to prevent the enslaved person from being cut at the neck. (C) Decorative slave collar with heart shaped locket is the prototype for Tiffinay's choker and heart locket. The wheel shape design, ANANSE NTONTAN, is the Adinkra symbol for "wisdom, creativity and the complexities of life". The heart shaped locket is AKOMA, which is an Adinkra symbol for "patience and tolerance".
Poetry by Phillis Wheatley
Violin Music is composed and performed by Heather Pinson
Technical Support by Patty Then
Directed, edited, and photographed by Nadine M. Patterson, Visiting Documentary Filmmaker at Robert Morris University 2016
The Wheatley Media Arts Center (mediaarts.rmu.edu/index.php?page=wheatley-center) was named by the students of Robert Morris University after the poet Phillis Wheatley.
Copyright 2016 Nadine Patterson/Heather Pinson/Lest We Forget Black Holocaust Museum of Slavery