Warren Town Council votes to raise Black Lives Matter flag at Town Hall

Last evening the Warren Town Council voted 4 to 0, Councilman Hanley was absent, to raise the Black Lives Matter flag.  It is reported today in the Warren Times Gazette https://www.eastbayri.com/stories/warren-will-fly-black-lives-matter-flag-in-front-of-town-hall,82445

If you are not able to access the article, you can watch the meeting on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efn-HULih9k  Here’s a brief summary:  two people sent written comments against raising the BLM flag, one because it was those Democrats who were funding this nationally so it was political and a second who interestingly tied it to SDS of the 60s and well he was against it.  I (Pat Mues, founder and co-chair of the Warren Middle Passage Project) submitted a letter — signed by a dozen people — reminding the Council of our slave trading past and asked for the passage of the resolution “in the memory of those who died or were enslaved because of the actions of Warren residents, as well as the many people enslaved within Warren; we know thirty of them by name:

HADLEY BARTON
PRIVATE HAMPTON BARTON
HOLLON
PHILLIS
DAMON BURR
BACCUS CHILD
BRIGET
DINAH
PHILLIS
PRIVATE PRINCE CHILD
PRIVATE CAESAR COLE
DELIVERANCE
ISAAC
PRIVATE BRISTOL LUTHER
VIOLET JENNISON
CAESAR LYNDON
CAESAR LYNDON JR
SARAH LYNDON
LEWIS MANNING
CUFF
JACK
LEWSEE
PEG COGGESHALL
PRINCE
VIOLET
PRIVATE WARREN MASON
PRIVATE BRISTOL MILLER
DICK
FLORA
PRINCE”

Councilman DePasquale spoke at length about our early history including our murder and enslavement of the Native Americans whose land we stole.  He has spent a good deal of time studying our history and his remarks were excellent.

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