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The Tragic Story of Margaret Garner

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I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. Growing up there, I learned that the Queen City has a rich history. As I have made my way through undergrad and then two graduate degrees, I have learned so much about my hometown. During Fall semester of 2013, I was able to share some of this history with my classmates in our Research in Local History class. This post is about Margaret Garner, her ties Cincinnati, and her tragic story.

Margaret Garner was born into slavery on June 4, 1834 on the Maplewood plantation in Boone County, Kentucky to a slave mother and a plantation owner father. Working as a house slave for much of her life, Garner often traveled with her masters and even accompanied them on shopping trips to free territories in Cincinnati. She married Robert Garner in 1849. The couple had four children (this piece of information is conflicting because multiple sources claim they had six).

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Stereotypes and Images of Black Women in the Media

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      So this post is a topic I have discussed numerous times either as a lecture/presentation topic or in conversation. This is a topic that has come up many times. It is also a topic I do not mind discussing because as a black woman I am hyper aware of how the world around me perceives me/us. I am conscious of how images of us (black women) are projected and also how we as black women are either perpetuating stereotypes or using our power to overcome them.

     Last summer, I took a Women's Studies class and the topic was Families and Society in Literature. All of the graduate students had to give a presentation on a topic involving some aspect of society in regards to families. So, I decided that I would discuss Black women, images, and stereotypes and how they affect the black family (community) as a whole.

     What are these images and stereotypes? Where are we seeing these images? Who is responsible for these images? Are their any efforts to overcome these ima…