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Downtown Reflection: Scavenger Hunt

We were most surprised by the slave auction memorial which was a small plaque on the ground, that would be hard to see without tripping over it. Written on the plaque were the mere words “On this spot, slaves were bought and sold.” This was a cold contrast from the large statues we found glorifying other moments of American history, such as Robert E. Lee. The two entrances to the Paramount theater demonstrated the notion of white supremacy. The front door was intricate, adorned with engravings and fantastic lights, while the side door resembled a hole-in-the-wall, which was difficult to find. After crossing the railroad, it was astonishing to see the difference between the two sides of the street. On the left, public housing lined the sidewalk, showcasing the epitome of poverty and struggle but named ‘Friendship Court’ in big pillars. To the right, office spaces and a shining ACAC gym stood tall. When we cut through Urban Outfitters in order to get to the train tracks quicker and found an interesting book called “Man Up.” Given the subject matter, we decided to include it. All in all the experience helped many of us find new parts of our home town that we hadn’t seen before, and if we had we looked from a new perspective. It was a valuable experience.

 

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