The Black and the Irish: My 4 leaf clover is covered in bling

LOL. Moving on…

In honor of St. Patricks day, I looked into the connections between the Black and the Irish.  Here is some interesting info I’ve found.

  • A white buddy of mine had this to say about St. Patricks day:  “The history of Africans and Irish goes back much further than most people think. When the Roman Empire fell, Irish Christians preserved the last bit of Christianity in Western Europe for centuries. Irish monks actually kept in contact with Egyptian monks (by way of voyages on the Mediterranean through the Straits of Gibraltar and the North Atlantic). It is thought that the Celtic Cross was derived from the Egyptian ankh. “These would be the Egyptians of the Coptic Orthodox Church.
  • TangledRoots @ Yale.edu: Tangled Roots is a research project about the shared history of African Americans and Irish Americans.  They share some very interesting information about Africans and Irish in Barbados.
  • During the 1600′s, African slaves and Irish natives shared a common fate on the island of Barbados. Slaves first arrived on the island in the 1620′s with the first white settlers and continued to be brought there as the need for labor created a new market for the international slave trade. By 1645, the black population on the island was 5680, and by 1667, there were over 40,000 slaves on the island. In the early years of the colony’s growth, Barbados also became a destination for military prisoners and Irish natives. Oliver Cromwell “barbadosed” Irish who refused to clear off their land and allowed other Irish to be kidnaped from the streets of Ireland and transported to Barbados. Those who were barbadosed were sold as slaves or indentured servants, to British planters. They lived in slave conditions and had no control over the number of years they had to serve. The number of Barbadosed Irish in not known and estimates very widely, from a high of 60,000 to a low of 12,000.
  • The Healy Family : A question of Racial Identity
    An Irish immigrant and a mixed-race domestic slave raised children who became priests, including the fist African-American Bishop in the United States, a President of Georgetown University, a religious sister and a Coast Guard officer. These site documents the family history and consider the question of their racial identity.  Prologue: Racial Identity and the Case of Capt. Michael Healy

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  2. Eljay

    FYI: Most of the railroad tracks laid in the nineteenth century in the state of Georgia were laid by Irish and Black American slave workers.

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