Historian helps trace Free Hill roots

Starting with her own name and information, Mary Hamilton Bartlett wrote down everything she knew about her family -- dates of birth, records of death, places of burial -- outlining neatly in detail a sort of family tree, but one with several missing links. With much searching, Bartlett, a descendent of one of the early settlers of Free Hill, considered one of the oldest African-American communities in America, has so far traced back to her great-great-grandmother, a Ms. Caroline Hamilton, born around 1830. Her photo is now laminated along with newspaper clippings highlighting Free Hill's … [Read more...]

Hampton is birthplace of black America, history enthusiast says

When you can reach as far back into the past as the city of Hampton, chances are that at least some people will sit up and take notice. But even in this old seaport town, not enough people are paying attention to the unsurpassed collection of nationally prominent African-American milestones that have taken place here over the past 400 years, says Hampton resident Calvin Pearson. Read more: Daily Press … [Read more...]