Name of cemetery doesn’t change history

slave-cemeteryLonna Jo Bowen-AlMoctar,
Louisville, KY.

I am from a clan of hillbillies in Eastern Kentucky. My family has a swath of land, called Bowen Farms, near Red River Gorge. As long as I can remember, the old cemetery on my family’s land has been called the “slave cemetery”. My Uncle has always kept up with its care. My Dad has built a Bed and Breakfast up there and now refers to the cemetery as the “African American cemetery”. I find this so insulting; it is as if he is erasing the history of those buried here all so that his B & B will have a nice clean image.

 

Name of cemetery doesn’t change history

slave-cemeteryLonna Jo Bowen-AlMoctar,
Louisville, KY.

I am from a clan of hillbillies in Eastern Kentucky. My family has a swath of land, called Bowen Farms, near Red River Gorge. As long as I can remember, the old cemetery on my family’s land has been called the “slave cemetery”. My Uncle has always kept up with its care. My Dad has built a Bed and Breakfast up there and now refers to the cemetery as the “African American cemetery”. I find this so insulting; it is as if he is erasing the history of those buried here all so that his B & B will have a nice clean image.

Name of cemetery doesn’t change history

slave-cemeteryLonna Jo Bowen-AlMoctar,
Louisville, KY.

I am from a clan of hillbillies in Eastern Kentucky. My family has a swath of land, called Bowen Farms, near Red River Gorge. As long as I can remember, the old cemetery on my family’s land has been called the “slave cemetery”. My Uncle has always kept up with its care. My Dad has built a Bed and Breakfast up there and now refers to the cemetery as the “African American cemetery”. I find this so insulting; it is as if he is erasing the history of those buried here all so that his B & B will have a nice clean image.

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