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Lament for the Dark Peoples

I was a red man one time, 

But the white men came.  I was a black man, too,  But the white man came.  They drove me out of the forest.  They took me away from the jungles.  I lost my trees.  I lost my silver moons. Now they've caged me  In the circus of civilization. 

Now I herd with the many--.

Caged in the circus of civilization

Langston Hughes, 1924






First Piggly Wiggly, Memphis, Tennessee…..1916


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