TSH Salutes Juneteenth
Love & Courage
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”
“A time to be born, and a time to die;”
She has left six generations telling the story…and yet there are seven.
Cross Family Bible
Presented in 1911
“A Time to kill, a time to heal. A time to break down and a time to build up.”
(Jim Crow Era, Enacted in the 19th & early 20th Century)
Without an ending new birth ceases…
There would be none behind to pass the Promise.
“A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.”
“And a Time to Love”
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
By Emancipation Proclamation, the simple right to marry was granted and would honor the generations well beyond it.
Willie Paul & Mary Elizabeth Cross 1940’s
(Jim Crow Era lasted until 1965 yet creating with great stress on the black family)
Without birth there would be no life
Without the family sons and daughters
Would fail …
“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.”
Located here is St. John’s Church in Barbados, where I visited a few years ago,
I thought of my own ancestors in America. Because of similar colonization and enslavement, slaves here too, would need permission from their masters to wed. In the United States Emancipation Proclamation would also end this inequality .
For years later, there still remained a so-called attachment to the land in where, enslaved persons would be tied to the land as property, thus, granted to the next family heir, fortunately that too would later be abolished.
“A time to hate.
a time of war
and a time of peace”
After the quote “Freedom of matrimony” click the link below to pbs.org to learn more on celebrating love in an Era of Emancipation – TSH
“Freedom of matrimony”: Celebrating Love in an Era of Emancipation
On the first anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, one black speaker proclaimed:
This is a day of gratitude for the freedom of matrimony. Formerly there was no security for domestic happiness. Our ladies were insulted and degraded with or without their consent. Our wives were sold and husbands bought, children were begotten and enslaved by their fathers, we therefore were polygamists by virtue of our condition. But now we can marry and raise our children and teach them to fear God …”