Category: Modern issues Tags: Chile, Enslaved Africans, Inheriting the Trade, Mining accidents, Traces of the Trade
Harold Fields is a regular guest contributor who appears in the film Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North. Harold is active in restorative justice and racial reconciliation projects in Denver and around the nation, and his work with the Tracing Center includes serving on its board of directors. The opinions expressed are his own.
I have watched and listened to stories about the 33 trapped miners in Chile with great interest and empathy. It is a blessed miracle that these men had survived for 17 days after the August 5th mine collapse before rescuers learned they were still alive. It seems that the whole world was stunned by the initial estimate that it would be Christmas before the men could be freed safely. Just today I am hearing that this goal might be accomplished by October, due to international cooperation from Germany who is sending a more powerful engine.
What strikes me are the parallels and differences from accounts of the conditions of captured Africans in Ghana during the Triangle Trade. In the documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North and in Tom DeWolf’s book Inheriting the Trade, we learn of the conditions in the Cape Coast Castle dungeons where people may have been kept for months until there were enough to fill waiting ships.