Lest We Forget - African American Military History by Researcher, 
					Author and Veteran Bennie McRae, Jr.

A Martin Delany Scholar, Ser Seshs Ab Heter-Clifford M. Boxley, Natchez, Mississippi, at Delany's Resting Place - Massies Creek Cemetery, Greene County, Ohio

A Martin Delany Scholar, Ser Seshs Ab Heter-Clifford M. Boxley, Natchez, Mississippi, at Delany's Resting Place -  Massies Creek Cemetery, Greene County, Ohio - Photo by Bennie J. McRae (October, 2003)

Forgotten Offerings For an African Descendant Hero and Father of African Nationalism

When Nana Bennie McRae told me he was going to show me where the great historical and honorable Martin R. Delany is buried, I was filled with anticipatory excitement. I visualized a magnificent shrine being in place for this giant of a heroic Black African descendant man who is held in such great esteem by so many Africanist thinking scholars, activists and historians and herstorians of African descent. Surely, his grave site would be prominent and well visited by African Studies Departments students and teachers and Black Conscience persons and leaders from all America, at least. I couldn't wait to see the grave site of the only Major of the Civil War Freedom Fighters U. S. Colored Troops and the great Black man of history so often written about and crowned by Africanists as the father of African nationalism and repatriations. Oh! Let me tell you how disheartened was I, when I saw just a simple, plain, decaying and almost unreadable headstone marking a dull and inconspicuous space in the cemetery. What a shame, I thought! I told Nana Bennie, I was going to tell the African Nationalists about the sad situation of the extreme neglect and lack of notoriety of the burial place of their highly esteemed horoic father of African Nationalism. Forgotten offerings must be made here.

Ser Seshs Ab Heter-CM Boxley, Forks of the Roads Enslavement Markets Sites, Natchez, Mississippi

Category: Civil War | Subcategory: Martin Delany | Tags: Resting Places , Mississippi
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