Initiative aims to find lost grave sites of slaves

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For decades, the stretch of grassy land in an elbow of the Mississippi River held no trace of the people buried underneath. No signs, markers or tombstones pointed to the more than 300 African-American former slaves buried in two cemeteries about … [Continue reading...]

Webinar – African American Genealogy – Migrations and Manuscripts

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Thursday Evening, February 16, 2012 WEBINAR - 7:00 until 8:30 PM With Presenters Jim Ison, AG, CG, and Deborah Abbott, Ph.D. :                   Migration … [Continue reading...]

Long-lost identities of slaves uncovered in old Virginia papers

A historical society in Virginia, where slavery began in the American colonies in 1619, has discovered the identities of 3,200 slaves from unpublished private documents, providing new information for today's descendants in a first-of-its-kind online … [Continue reading...]

Vanderbilt Group Preserves Deteriorating Slave Records

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There are thousands of pages of names, places and people that are disappearing by the second. "Right as we're talking, we're losing things," said Vanderbilt history professor Jane Landers who has been working to stop it for a decade. "As if it's a … [Continue reading...]

Tale of forbidden love preserved by historical marker in San Jacinto County

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A fascinating love story is behind the latest historical marker that has been dedicated in San Jacinto County, a fitting occasion to mark the 50th anniversary of the current Official Texas Historical Marker program. It’s the story of William … [Continue reading...]

Woman reclaims neglected slave cemetery from Sanford woods

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A small band of volunteers is working to restore a Lee County cemetery that dates to the early 1800s and contains the graves of hundreds of slaves. The burial ground, near the Buffalo Presbyterian Church on Carthage Street, had fallen into … [Continue reading...]

Halifax County woman makes connection to ancestors

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Many African-Americans living in Halifax County today are descendents of slaves, but most have a hard time tracing their family’s history. The institution of slavery disconnected many African-Americans from their heritage leaving descendents to … [Continue reading...]

‘Listen To The Ancestors’ For African-American History Month

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Judith Collins has a secret. She “listens to the ancestors,” an instinct that has helped this African-American woman from San Leandro trace her lineage back eight generations, to before the abolition of slavery. “The ancestors lead you to every … [Continue reading...]

Slave database coming to Hampton History Museum

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An online database created by the Virginia Historical Society now includes close to 3,500 documents that outline the murky details of thousands of slaves who lived in and around Virginia. Last month, the Richmond-based organization launched the … [Continue reading...]

Don Lemon: Legacy of ‘one drop’ rule inspires search for family history

You never know from where inspiration will come. I am often envious of my friends who can recite stories about ancestors that have been handed down through generations. I can't do that. As a descendant of slavery in America, that hasn't felt … [Continue reading...]