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Lila: A Missouri Slave's Story (Part One)

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Published on Jul 4, 2009

Meandering through Missouri is the kind of travel that tugs at the heart strings. This lush and verdant landscape through which history flows along semi-concealed rivers, iconic biways, and of course the mighty Mississippi, embodies the idealism and idyllic frontiers ─ both historic and conceptual ─ of America. And yet, the legacy of the institution of slavery is only a heartbeat away.

In this video, Angela da Silva of the Black Tourism Network (http://www.tourism-network.net) interprets the role of Lila, a slave who, like so many Black people of her time, suffered "man's inhumanity to man." Losing her children when her master sells them, Lila however never loses her sense of herself, her self-determination, nor her resolve to be free.

This historic moment in time is played out on the grounds of the ancestral home of Daniel Boone, an achetypal figure figure in American history, and himself a slave owner.

Brought to you by The Philosophical Traveller (www.PhilosophicalTraveller.ca).

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