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In August 2019, DRs secured 300 acres of land in historic Baroteland of Western Province, Zambia. Plans are underway to develop the land, starting with the 12 memorial walls called the "Wall of Return" project. One of the Walls will list our enslaved ancestors' names from Virginia and beyond. Two Walls will list our project sponsors. The other nine Walls will be developed over time with names that honor our American African heritage. You can contribute towards the Walls one of three ways options:
A.) Online Sponsor Book name listing: $3.00 - $999.00
B.) Digital Display name listing inside Resotration Center: $1,000 - $4,999 (includes Option A & B)
C.) Engraved name listing on outside sponsor Wall: $5,000 and greater (includes Option A, B & C)
Use the $Wall of Return Funding Campaign$ button above to contribute and be part of this symbolic Homecoming for our Ancestors. WE CAN HEAL TOGETHER!
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 (known today as Anti-Slavery International) in London, England. After paying for his freedom THREE (3) 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 sales 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 22-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.
Learn more about Moses Grandy's life by downloading the slave narrative called Moses Grandy Legacy Lives, which was adapted into an audiobook by Mubita, LLC.
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.
Moses Grandy is the driving inspiration for Eric Sheppard family genealogy, history and project development in Africa. After 177 years since his slave narrative was first published, Moses Grandy is symbolically, who in this day brings together the past and present, has opened doors for Eric and others to receive our promised land opportunities in Africa.
For more information, please contact Mubita, LLC at info@Mubita.netor call (757) 968-1125.
Moses Grandy purchased his freedom THREE (3) times and DRS invites you to contribute $3.00 (or more) in honor of his legacy
WHAT PROJECTS WILL THE MOSES GRANDY LEGACY CONTRIBUTIONS SUPPORT?
Contributions will be used to help support DRS' Africa restoration projects. Initial restoration rojects designated for 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. Contact Eric Sheppard for more details on these projects.
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Watch these videos from our 2019 Africa Homecoming Pilgrimage to Barotseland and a story about Moses Grandy on WVEC 13 News Now Daybreak's "Marking A Mark" segment with morning show co-anchor Ashley Smith
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13 News Now Marking A Mark: Keeping Moses Grandy Alive
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2019 Africa Homecoming Pilgrimage: 400th Anniversary Commemoration