While at the African American slave boat memorial in Harlem, NY, I was mesmerized by its astounding beauty and purpose. The following phrase affected me the most:
For all those who were lost
For all those who were stolen
For all those who were left behind
For all those who were not forgotten
So many memorials tend to the harsh reality that indeed the people were hurt but forget to mention that they will never be forgotten. This memorial was one of the more striking memorials I have ever seen and I hope one day will be what is written on my grave in honor of not only me but all people who have been forgotten. Through and inside the memorial, I noticed a lot of images around me with particular meanings. Inscribed in the walls around, there was a particular picture that I took interest in. It was a heart, and under that heart was the word endurance. I thought about that word and I realized that the heart is an organ that tries it’s absolute best to endure always. Than I correlated this understanding to relationships and love. The heart is a symbol commonly used to represent love and relationships. I thought to myself how we endure when we love one another and I realized that we endure through the good and the bad times for one another. But more importantly, we live because when we die, others will have to live with the pain of knowing that your gone. So we endure when we love someone. We endure through all of our troubles because we love that somebody, those people. We love them, and would never want to hurt them. We endure (remain in existence) like our heart, because we love. Making the heart the perfect symbol.