By Marian Fuchs
After weeks of enduring a seemingly never-ending winter, spring finally arrived at the very end of March, in time for a great Easter brunch on April 1 – no fooling! Here’s proof…
Flowers on campus
Easter bunny at brunch
Ice Sculpture and Seafood Bar
Easter Bunny and Ice Sculpture Seafood Bar
Mimosas in the Ivy Bar
Mimosas in the Ivy Lounge and Snacks
Easter Windowsill Creations by the Flower Committee
Forsythia all around Collington
Occasionally, this blog draws attention to articles in our sister publication, the Collingtonian. Peggy Latimer’s piece in the January 2018 issue is deserving of such focus. The piece, tells the history of slaves here at Collington, to the minimal extent that it can be reconstructed from wills and other documents. The story is particular present, because of the graves up on the hill, including one of Basil Warring, who had “inherited” ten slaves from his father.
It is, of course, deeply shaming for a white person to read, and I think Peggy gets just the right combination of factual clarity and respectful perspective:
Marsham’s 1730 will listed them. All but one, however, were identified only by first name [spelling and punctuation through- out are as written in the original documents]: “One Negro Man named Caceour One Negro Man named Hercules one Negro Man named George One Negro Woman named Moll One Mulatto Boy named Charles One Mulatto boy called Robin One Negro Boy named Will Bulger One Mulatto Girl named Sarah One Mulatto Girl named Cate one Negro girl named Lucy and their Increase”
Peggy notes at the end, “With much research, we may be able to learn more of the history of these people. At the very least, shouldn’t we be honoring those enslaved persons who lived and labored on the land where we all now reside?” At the very minimum we should find public ways to recognize and honor that we enjoy the legacy of the labor of their forced and denied lives. Without in any way suggesting equivalence, the need to remember and honor reminds me that a few years ago, I went with my Polish Holocaust surviving aunt to a gymnasium (high school) in Mainz Germany, and for our visit, as part of a larger group, they had put up a mounted display of The Holocaust in Mainz, including a map showing locations.
Here is a photo of my aunt with some of the display. The kids were deeply respectful and attentive.
Surely we can try to do as much.
Indeed, there must be much else that we could do, that not only reminds of the past, but steers us for the future in these apparently anti-historical times.
For many months members of the Weed Warriors (previously “Lakes and Trails”) have been requesting repairs to the trail leading to the grave-sites that has become rutted over the years. Finally, a crew from Ruppert Landscape, guided by Kyle Olson, a recent addition to the Collington Staff, has now constructed new runners and gravel leveling at critical points. Many thanks are due to Jacob Kijne, who provided expert advise for the placement of runners to divert water runoff. Weed Warriors have since then covered particularly muddy spots with hay matting. Hopefully the trail will remain easy to tread even after rainy days. The final leg of the project awaits the completion of the Landing, our new restaurant, at which time tailings from the construction road will be reutilized to cover the remaining problematic areas.
Click here for a PowerPoint Guide of the complete trail, courtesy of Dorothy Yuan.
From our photo correspondent Marian Fuchs, some nice photos and explanation:
This morning the crew have been paving the path behind our house. I thought you might enjoy seeing some pictures of the men and equipment at work. It’s precision work, and fun to watch their expertise.
Here’s a pic of the crew paving behind our house. I was particularly impressed by the fact that this driver could do his rolling backwards as well as forwards!