Memory lives in the blood. Our ancestors live in us.

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Bay View Arts and Culture Editor Wanda Sabir read libations honoring our recently transitioned ancestors at the Monumental Reckoning unveiling at the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park. The event was the opening day of artist Dana King’s 350 Ancestors – bronze, wire and steel sculptures of the original 350 Angolan captives taken from home in 1619. The unveiling was held on a beautiful Friday, June 18, 2021. – Photo: James Watkins by Arts and Culture Editor Wanda Sabir People are rising up to remove and destroy these symbols of racism and white supremacy which guide the thinking and economic and political policies making this country. On the first Juneteenth National Observance, San Francisco installed 350 African Ancestors.& Dana King, artist, Black Bodies in Bronze, created 350 sculpted pieces to honor the original 350 Angolan captives taken from home in 1619. The Ancestors, depicted as female, surround the plinth where just one year ago a statue of Francis Scott Key, slave owner and supporter of African disenfranchisement and subjugation, came down. The empty plinth is one of many toxic spaces throughout America where the Ancestors are needed in a tangible way to counter the dominant racist narrative. It is not...

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