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Wilson Man Hopes Slave Memorial Will Help End Racial Strife

Posted December 19, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— 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 uncover some grand achievements.

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

The Wilson businessman is designing and preparing 10 more coins to finish his 12-piece set. He started the project after failing to find any memorials to American slaves. After searching through scripture, he decided to create the coins as a means to help all races understand black Americans and their accomplishments.

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

Reporter/Photographer:Brian Bowman