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@lordofkingz: Today in #BlackHistory... We Remember Jocko Graves, "the faithful groomsman" You know... infamous iconic lawn jockey holding the lantern! #dailyblackhistory

Today in Black history, we remember Jocko Graves, "the faithful groomsman". I know by now, we're all familiar with the infamous iconic lawn jockey holding the lantern. During slavery, these lawn jockeys were used as signals on the Underground Railroad.

Green ribbons tied around the statue's wrist indicated a safe house, a red ribbon warned the runaway slaves of danger & to keep moving. But let's go deeper than that. Here's how the statue came to be. On Christmas night 1776, during a storm producing more than a foot of snow, sleet, & wind, George Washington crossed the icy Delaware to attack the British in the Battle of Trenton. Along with his troops, he took about 60 slaves (most of whom did not even have shoes). Two of them being Tom Graves & his son, Jocko. At Mckonkey's Ferry, before the continental army crossing, Jocko was designated to hold the General's horse and light the path back to the camp. Washington returned to find the 12 year old slave frozen with the horse's reigns & lantern still in his hand. Poor kid was probably more scared of the consequences of failing than anything. After all, the reality is that he was a slave with no choice in the matter.

Returning from victory at the Battle of Trenton, Washington was said to have been so moved by Jocko's action, when they returned to Mount Vernon, Washington had a statue erected in the boy's honor. And thus, the lawn Jockey was born ... by L.O.K. ‏@lordofkingz

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