Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

The Whipping Tree

From the personal collection of M. Jones, the owner of this blog.

From the personal collection of F. Mathis, owner of MyNolaHeritage

The pictures are from my trip to Savannah, GA this past weekend where I met geneabuds Luckie Daniels, Felicia Mathis, and Sandra Taliaferro. The dark marks that you see on the trees are a present day reminder of the brutality of the chattel slavery system. They are where the leather whip that was used to "discipline" a slave sliced into the bark of the tree as well as the skin.


  1. What a terrible reminder of what some of our ancestors endured.

  2. Mavis,

    What Kathleen said is so true; it's a terrible reminder. It is one of my most treasured photos from the trip. Viewing the tree was a very emotional experience.


  3. Out of all the sightings this past weekend, this one cut me the deepest. Why I cannot tell you, but I literally could not lift the camera to snap the shot.

    I am so glad that you and Felicia did. This is an image that though painful, cannot be forgotten.



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