Moses Grandy purchased his freedom THREE (3) times and DRS invites you to contribute $3.00 (or more) in honor of his legacy, or become a legacy sponsor (contact DRS for more information) to support our restoration efforts in Africa.
WHAT PROJECTS WILL THE CONTRIBUTIONS SUPPORT?
Contributions will be used to help support DRS' Africa restoration projects. Initial projects designated for The Gambia, West Africa include the Homecoming Express Charter Flights program, with plans for direct, nonstop chartered flights into The Gambia, West Africa and beyond, (starting post-pandemic in 2021), and the Moses Grandy Homecoming Orientation Center in The Gambia, West Africa.
Created by Eric A. Sheppard, "Mubita", President & Visionary of Diversity Restoration Solutions, Inc. and Grandy family descendant, The "Moses Grandy Legacy Lives" audiobook (78 minutes) can be downloaded In an easy format for listeners of all ages to learn about Moses Grandy's enslaved experience in America, adapted from hiswritten 1843 slave narrative. The audiobook and slave narrative relates to this country's history of slavery, past and present. Suggested learning environments for the primary source audiobook including:
-Youth mentoring groups (community, sorority and fraternity)
-History clubs and organizations
-Book and literary clubs
-Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) groups
-Heritage tourism organizations
Note: A complimentary Educator's Guide to use a reference for developing lesson plans or curricula is available with the purchase of a licensed multiple download agreement or licensed audiobook package. The Guide will be for K-12 and post-secondary educators. If you are interested in the package or a multiple download licensing agreement for your organization, please contact Eric Sheppard at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Who was moses grandy?
Moses Grandy was a formerly enslaved ancestor who was born in Camden County, North Carolina around 1786. Moses had his life story documented in an 1843 slave narrative entitled, The Life of Moses Grandy; Late a Slave in the United States of America, by the British & Foreign Anti-Slavery Society (now known as Anti-Slavery International) in London, England. After paying for his freedom THREE times, Moses was finally freed circa 1830, prior to the Nat Turner rebellion insurrection. He eventually purchased the freedom of other Grandy family members as well with the proceeds from the slave narrative and his European speaking tour. The narrative is also the story of tragedy, triumph, perseverance, family and entrepreneurship, while exposing the complexity of slavery and race relations in America. This is a must read for all Americans and people globally.
Historians have said that Moses Grandy's slave narrative is the only known firsthand written account of how enslaved and freed Africans hand dug the twenty-two-mile long historic Dismal Swamp Canal between North Carolina and Virginia, in the Great Dismal Swamp. The Great Dismal Swamp became a refuge for enslaved people (Maroons) escaping the surrounding plantations. In 2003, the Great Dismal Swamp and Canal were designated as an official Underground Railroad (UGRR) site by the U.S. Department of the Interior National Park Service’s "Network to Freedom" Program.
WHAT DOES "MUBITA" MEAN? In August 2019, Eric Sheppard was blessed to be given the Lozi name of "Mubita" by the Litunga (King) His Majesty Lubosi Imwiko II during the inaugural Africa Homecoming Pilgrimage he led to Barotseland of Western Province, Zambia, commemorating the 400th year milestone of surviving the transatlantic slave trade era in North America starting with the British colony in current day Jamestown, Virginia in the year 1619. The name "Mubita" means "one who is passing through and leads others" or "one here to stay." The Litunga (King) Mulambwa Santulu, the 10th King of Barotseland, ended the slave trade in the Barotseland Kingdom in the early 1800's. The Litunga designated it as a refuge for Angolans and other neighboring tribes escaping the Arab slave traders, similar to the experience of the Maroons seeking freedom in the Great Dismal Swamp.
As a result of his historical research and inspiration from his ancestor Moses Grandy's 1843 slave narrative, Eric "Mubita" has established a Strategic Tourism Partnership between the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Suffolk, Virginia and the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) in the Barotse Kingdom to develop heritage tourism, trade and restore relationships between descendants of American Africans and Africans on the Continent. Barotseland of Western Province, Zambia is the location for the planned Homecoming Headquarters at Restoration Center in the Mongu District.
After 177 years since his slave narrative was first published, Moses Grandy is symbolically, in this day, bringing together the past and present, opening up doors and parting the Atlantic Ocean for us to receive our promised land of opportunities in Africa. We hope you enjoy listening to the slave narrative and encourage you to share this website with your family and friends to learn more about our collective history.
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2019 Africa Homecoming Pilgrimage Video - Zambia