Project for Open Voices: History, His Story

The Thrill is proud to feature personal narratives courtesy of the Project for Open Voices. Today’s essay is titled “History, His Story,” and was authored anonymously. POV is always accepting new submissions, so if you want to share your story, email If you would like to remain anonymous you can send us your response by signing into a second email (password: kenyoncollege).




History really is

His Story

Not my story

Or her story

But HisStory

Every time we see a nickel

We are reminded of

His place

His existence

His Story

While the face of Sally Hemmings

Is hidden like her bastard children

Between the lines of school textbooks

That HisStory still denies

She is the dark blot

The stain

The stench

The failure and shame that can’t be faced

Like the lives his feet tread on

Like the hundreds of souls

That were footnotes in HisStory

They ignore it

And hide it

And attack those who seek it

They only teach

His Story

Not Her Story

Or My Story

Her oppression is secondary to his image

Her pain is secondary to his ‘accomplishments’

Her violation is insignificant in his idolization

Her story is silent

To his lie

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