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Angela X

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Genuine Ghanaian Ankara Fabric double layer face mask.
100% Cotton
Persian Blue, Poppy & Silver
Made in Cleveland, OH

This print has a large motif (14+inches) therefore the entire motif cannot be guaranteed to appear on the mask, the mask pattern is aprox 8in. The beautiful expression of the print will be visible on the mask as shown in pictures.

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Angela X

What if we could put names and faces to the Africans who were brought over to America as slaves in 1619? Would it humanize slavery instead of making it a category in American history that people love to conveniently forget or urge black folks to “just get over it”?

The first Africans arrived at Point Comfort, a port on the James River in Virginia, during the latter part of the summer in 1619. Among those slaves, there was a woman historians have named “Angela.” Say her name. Even though Angela’s story is intriguing, it’s still frustrating, if just for her name alone. Angela is certainly a whitewashed name, considering that she came from Africa. It reminds me of Kunta Kente from Roots being forced to take the name Toby. He fought for his identity until he lost limbs. I wonder if Angela resented being called Angela or if she even answered to it?

Angela wasn’t just another faceless African sold into slavery; she was a human being with an entire life to live. And she survived the rough, unpredictable and violent trip to America.

According to historian James Horn, the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation president, we know that Angela survived sea battle—being taken on the Treasurer, which was an English ship that stole Africans who were first aboard the São João Bautista (St. John the Baptist) bound for Mexico.  This slave ship left Portuguese Angola (now known just as Angola) carrying 350 Africans—or, as the Portuguese called them: pieces. The ship was overcrowded and the conditions were shockingly awful, which led to the death of over a third of the slaves. Horn said that piracy was the only means by which the English could acquire or trade African slaves. So basically, the English stole so they could steal.

“This is hair-raising stuff!” Horn said as he explained how Angela came to live in Jamestown.

We know that our history, especially what happened before, during and after the 1619 arrival, has been erased or untold. There are said to have been 32 Africans dispersed throughout Virginia by 1620. We know that Angela and countless other slaves like her existed because of a census that was taken in the colony early in 1625.

Said Horn, “The English settlers saw the Africans as valuable pieces of property because only the well-connected and wealthy managed to obtain the first Africans.”

Along with the Treasurer, there was another English ship, White Lion (English privateers often joined forces to cruise the waters of the Caribbean in search of prizes), which had “20 and odd Negroes,” some of whom were sold for food and others who were transported to Jamestown, where they were sold into slavery.