In Solidarity for George Floyd

Dear Friends,

Since 2014, the core mission of “Unburied, Unmourned, Unmarked: Requiem for Rice” has been to memorialize our enslaved ancestors, mourn the souls of blacks who were enslaved on Lowcountry South Carolina and Georgia rice plantations, their bodies unburied, their suffering unmourned, and their sacrifices unmarked for future generations, and celebrate the critical role enslaved Africans’ ingenuity, technology, and industry played in the economy of the US South.  

By creating beautiful art out of the painful history of enslavement, we strive to create an opening for all oppressed peoples to tell our stories and celebrate our contributions to the world. Now, more than ever before, we must raise our voices and we must tell our stories.

Rest in peace George Floyd (October 14, 1973-May 25, 2020). 

In solidarity.

Author: Dr. Edda L. Fields-Black

Dr. Edda L. Fields-Black is an Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Department of History. Her research specialties are pre-colonial and West African history and their connections to the African Diaspora. Fields-Black has written extensively about rice farmers in early modern West Africa, as well as Africans enslaved on Lowcountry South Carolina and Georgia rice plantations. Fields-Black is currently writing an epic history of the Gullah Geechee from their Western African origins to the publication of Lorenzo Dow Turner's study of the Gullah Geechee language