The family of Denmark Vesey announces the opening of an exhibit at the Charles H. Wright Museum, honoring the historic legacy of the early civil rights icon and his descendants.
In 1822, freedman Denmark Vesey organized in Charleston what would have been the largest insurrection of enslaved Africans in the United States.
Vesey’s legacy continue to influence the arts, culture and activism of today. Vesey’s story has been interpreted by artists including authors Blain Roberts and Ethan J. Kytle in their 2018 book, Denmark Vesey’s Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy and by filmmaker Jason Gourdine in his 2017 film short, Vesey’s Resistance.
The Vesey family’s exhibit represents an ongoing effort to preserve the spirit of their historic predecessor and honor his bold action in the freeing of enslaved people. The exhibit will contain documentation from Douglass Egerton, birth certificates of family members, DNA records and documentation of Vesey’s grandson, Randolph, as the first registered black voter in Texas.
Family patriarch Henry Vesey says, “It is important for us, as a family, to preserve and celebrate our history. For nearly two centuries, history has tried to erase the story and activism of Denmark.” “Mr. Vesey and his family have been an inspiration,” says filmmaker Jason Gourdine. “Mr. Vesey honored us with his presence at our October 2017 premiere of Vesey’s Resistance, and has since shared with me the unwritten history of his family.”
The Charles H. Wright Museum is located at 315 East Warren Avenue Detroit, Michigan and will be open to the public from Thursday, November 15 through the end of the month. For more information, email [email protected]