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Martha's Vineyard-A Legacy of Inter-Ethnic Alliance

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Martha's Vineyard, the island located off the coast of Cape Cod Massachusetts, is getting a lot of attention these days because President Obama and family chose the island for their vacation. There are many rich and famous people who live and vacation there. There is a rich and fascinating story that is not often told that brings to light the Wampanoag People who were living on the land when the English arrived. The Wampanoag are the holders of the history and keepers of the land. They have struggled to survive, maintain their cultural ways and hold on to the land. The other part of the history is that of the English who held Africans as slaves. Yes, slavery and indentured servitude are a part of the history of the island. We will explore this topic with our guest Grace Lynis, a researcher, historian, managing director and founder of Cinnamon Traveler Heritage Trust (www.cinnamontraveler.org). Join us as we delve into the story and legacy of the First Nations People and African Diaspora collaborative resistance from colonial times through the antebellum period to the present.