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Black Voices Poetry Project

Posted on: March 29, 2021

Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life

Freedom Over Me

by Ashley Bryan

Ashley Bryan's poetic portraits, inspired by an original estate-appraisal document from 1828, give voices to 11 enslaved individuals by imagining not only their daily lives but their hopes for the future. Bryan is as prolific as he is profound; Freedom Over Me was published when he was in his 90s. Visit the Ashley Bryan Center to learn more about his fascinating life and the rich legacy of his work.

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