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Last night during our BlackProGen LIVE episode (which was very good, check out the previous post to watch) we discussed the importance of telling our story. If we don’t tell our story who will? Who’s going to give it justice? As genealogist and family historians I think we have a duty to share and what we have researched with not only our family but the general public as well. As black people, it’s especially important for us to tell and share our story as well. In some instances, black people have been written out of the history books. If we are telling our own stories this won’t happen. Tell your young family members who their ancestors were, talk about their hardships and their accomplishments. Knowing I came from strong, hardworking, family oriented, business-minded, god fearing people makes me proud and when I feel like giving up I think, nothing in my life today can compare to what some of my ancestors had to endure so I keep going because they kept going. I say share, share, share, share your family’s history by blogging, writing a book publishing, or even writing facebook posts.
The ninth season of Who Do You Think You Are? premieres this Sunday, March 5th on TLC. This season’ s celebrities include Smokey Robinson, Courteney Cox, John Stamos, Liv Tyler, Jessica Biel, Julie Bowen, Jennifer Grey and Noah Wyle.
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Last night I was doing a research and came across the Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves; Volume: I; State: Alabama (click here )Compiled by the Federal Writers’ Project of the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s, there are over 2300 individual accounts of slavery, and 500 photos of former slaves. Information may include surnames of interviewees, birthplaces, ages, parents names, former slave owners, and interview location.
I found Mr. Abe Whitess on page 423 he was born in Mississippi and worked on Colonel Rupert’s plantation in Butler County, Alabama after he was freed. Mr. Whitess moved down to Bay Minette, Alabama. I have a large portion of family down there so of course, I wanted to know a little bit more about him. Mr. Whites worked odd jobs and became the chairman of the republican party, according to his interview. Mr. Whitess even owned 14 acres of land, he donated part of his land to open a part Douglasville, the area of Bay Minette he resided in, for a public road. After doing that the people pf the community, mostly African American dubbed Mr. Whitess the “Mayor of Douglasville”. I plan to read more interviews, I find their stories really interesting and it gives me a glimpse into what life was like for an enslaved person.
Checkout Mr. Whitess’ interview below.
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves; Volume: I; State: Alabama
The Blakeley School also known as the Little Red Schoolhouse was built in 1920 in Bromley Baldwin County, AL by the families in the community. The school’s first teacher was Mrs. Rebecca E. Burke Tompkins and my grandmother’s grand aunt. The last time I was in Bay Minette, my mom, aunts and uncles and I stopped by the Little Red Schoolhouse which is on the property of Baldwin County Board of Education in Bay Minette. Soon the school will be moved to the Bicentennial Park in Stockton. I think this was the first time they had seen the school since they each attended many, years ago. I am always glad to be a part of moments like this as well as share them with others.
Henry Louis Gates explores the untold story of how Africa helped shape our modern world. Premiering tonight on PBS.
Checkout the lovely Nicka Smith discuss Five Lies about African American Genealogy and Family History Research.
If you missed last night’s episode of BlackProGen LIVE on DNA be sure to take a look at the video below.
I saw this post on Ancestry’s Instagram account the other day and I would ask if they are proud of the research I am doing? I often wonder if they are looking down on me and saying thank you, thank you for looking for us, thank you for trying to share their story, thank you for not forgetting us. What question would you ask your ancestors?
Shannon Christmas and Melvin Collier will join the crew this Wednesday for our last episode of our 2017 Black History Month series for BlackProGen LIVE! Tune in LIVE at https://youtu.be/yso0hkQQ9uY at 6pm PST/8pm CST/9pm EST as we talk the craziest, oddest, amazing, and life changing parts of the people of color DNA journey! Watch on your computer to join our live chat. Need a reminder? Click the link above and click “set reminder.” See you later!