On Sunday afternoon, Sept. 25, more than 50 residents turned out to watch as leaders of the Marblehead Racial Justice Team, a local advocacy group, unveiled a new replica of the original headstone placed for Agnes, an enslaved woman who died in 1718 and was buried in her enslaver's family plot on Old Burial Hill.
“Agnes stands for all … people of color who have been forgotten, who built this country out of their blood, their sweat, and their toil, unknown and unpaid,” the Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris, the Episcopal bishop suffragan of the Diocese of Massachusetts, told the crowd. “We stand here remembering Agnes and all those others who go unnamed in our history books.”