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Wilson Man Hopes Slave Memorial Will Help End Racial Strife

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Alvin Hickman is creating a series of coins to commemorate the history of slavery.
WILSON — A Wilson man has an idea for a slave memorial he believes will help African-Americans understand their common past.Alvin Hickman says he hopes blacks can use some small coins to uncoversome grand achievements.

Hickman believes Americans are ready for a reconciliation acrossracial lines. Part of that process, he says, is remembering what broughteach of us here. For the ancestors of many African-Americans, the trip tothe new world was made in the bottom of a slave ship, and that's an imagehe is including in a unique set of memorial coins.

The Wilson businessman is designing and preparing 10 more coins tofinish his 12-piece set. He started the project after failing to find anymemorials to American slaves. After searching through scripture, hedecided to create the coins as a means to help all races understand blackAmericans and their accomplishments.

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The message of the coins, according to Hickman is simple. All Americansshould remember their past while striving for new heights in the future.

Reporter/Photographer:Brian Bowman

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