State marks '40 acres and a mule'
by Russ Bynum Associated Press Write SAVANNAH - It was an attempt by the U.S. government to help…
Georgia (Mar 8, 2011) — SAVANNAH - It was an attempt by the U.S. government to help former slaves on the road to freedom. Known by the phrase "40 acres and a mule," it came to symbolize America's broken promises during a century of struggles for black Americans following the Civil War.
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The policy was hatched in Savannah by Gen. William T. Sherman in January 1865, a month after his Union troops captured the city. The idea: give thousands of freed slaves land seized from white planters on the Georgia coast, plus a mule to help farm it.
To coincide with the 150th anniversary of the first shots of the Civil War, the Georgia Historical Society unveiled a historical marker Friday summing up the history of "40 acres" outside the cotton merchant's mansion that served as Sherman's headquarters toward the end of the war. About 80 people gathered to watch in oak-shaded Madison Square.
"This was an event of national significance," said Todd Groce, the society's president. "You're at a point where African-Americans are beginning to make a transition out of generations of slavery. And we see just how long and painful a road that's going to be." …
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