Monthly Archives: March, 2015

‘No Wave of Racism Can Stop Us:’ Alabama State Archives Releases New Footage of Historic 1965 Selma to Montgomery Civil Rights March

The battle is in our hands. And we can answer with creative nonviolence the call to higher ground to which the new directions of our struggle summons us. The road ahead is not altogether a smooth one. There are no broad highways that lead us easily and inevitably to quick solutions. But we must keep going.Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

For the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March, the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) has released never-before-seen footage of the five-day, 54-mile trek to the Alabama capitol. Archivists recently discovered around 3,000 feet of 16mm film in an inventory of materials collected during the administration of Governor George Wallace. Continue Reading

The Purloined Monk: Chinese May Seek Return of Mummified Buddha Held In Dutch Museum

The stark image of a monk's skeleton contained in the statue of a 12th Century Buddha

The stark image of a monk’s skeleton contained in the statue of a 12th Century Buddha

Earlier this year, Drents Museum in the Netherlands released stunning images of a mummified human body contained under the surface of the statue of a Buddha. The pictures quickly went viral.

Six thousand miles away, villagers in China’s Fuijian Province saw a familiar face. “When I saw the photo on the TV news, it immediately reminded me of our lost statue,” said Lin Yongtuan, a farmer from Yangchun Village.

Master Zhanggong Liuquan, a Buddhist monk and healer that had served the village during the Song Dynasty (960-1279), had sat in the local temple for centuries. “It wore a hat and clothes when sitting in the temple, and was worshiped as an ancestor,” reports Chinese news website ECNS.

Then, in 1995, it vanished. Continue Reading

Flip the Envelope: A New Interpretation Of One Of John Wilkes Booth’s Final Letters

One hundred and fifty years ago this week, a young woman sat down in a room in Washington’s National Hotel and scrawled a few lines of poetry on the back of a blank envelope:

‘For of all sad words from tongue or pen – the saddest are these – It might have been,’ March 5, 1865, In John’s room.

“John” was John Wilkes Booth, and for decades people have believed that these words were the sorrowful response to the lines just above it:

Now, in this hour, that we part, I will ask to be forgotten never. But in thy pure and guileless heart Consider me thy friend dear, ever J. Wilkes Booth
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