Archives for June 2008

Black Seminoles found safety on Andros

Bahamian Black Seminoles or Wild Indians of Andros Island: By either name, they are a seldom-read chapter in American history. This group of 150-200 Africans and mixed-blood African-Seminoles fled Florida in the early 19th century and established a settlement called Red Bays on the northwest coast of Andros, where their descendants live. … [Read more...]

5th Annual Negro Spirituals Heritage Day

Friends of Negro Spirituals and the Greater Bay Area will celebrate Negro Spirituals Heritage Day on Sunday, June 22, 2008, 3:30 PM -5:30 PM, at the West Oakland Senior Center, 1724 Adeline Street, Oakland, CA. Doors will open at 3:00 PM. Although unofficial, Negro Spirituals Day is the only known annual day of special recognition of the 350-years-old, irreplaceable Negro Spiritual folk songs, birthed by enslaved Black Americans. The celebration, featuring an African Drum Tribute to the Ancestors performed by Ghanaian Master Drummer Pope Flyne, will center on an awards ceremony honoring … [Read more...]

The Butler Farm in Rutherford County, Tennessee designated as Century Farm

The Butler Farm, founded by emancipated slaves from Rutherford County, Tennessee, has been in the same family for over 100 years, earning it the designation as Century Farm. The Tennessee Century Farms Program was created in the 1970s by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture as part of the nation’s bicentennial. Dee Butler applied for the honor after researching her families genealogy and learning the history of the farm. Read More … [Read more...]

“Traces of the Trade” Opens P.O.V.’s 2008 Season

P.O.V.’s Season 21 opens Tuesday, June 24, 2008 with a unique and disturbing journey of discovery into the history and “living consequences” of one of the nation’s most shameful episodes — slavery. In this bicentennial year of the U.S. abolition of the slave trade, one might think the tragedy of African slavery in the Americas has been exhaustively told. Katrina Browne thought the same, until she discovered that her slave-trading ancestors from Rhode Island were not an aberration. Rather, they were just the most prominent actors in the North’s vast complicity in slavery, buried in myths of … [Read more...]

American Legacy Magazine Launches Family Reunion Registry

American Legacy, the premier magazine of African-American history and culture, announced today the launch of its "Family Reunion Registry." Register your family reunion with American Legacy Magazine at Every family that registers their reunion information will receive discount subscription forms, genealogy forms, complimentary issues and product samples for family reunion attendees. African-American reunions have been traced back as far as emancipation, when reunions were organized by former slaves from a particular area or plantation in an attempt to … [Read more...]