Three weeks ago I celebrated my birthday in Cairo Egypt, to date that was the best birthday I’ve had. My trip was packed with culture and adventure. Our first full day there which was Sunday, we had to visit the pyramids in Giza and the Sphinx on camels. The next day we ventured to The Great Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha which opened in 1848. Tuesday was my birthday and I wanted to ride an ATV in the desert and that’s what we did our backdrop were the pyramids of Giza after that we had dinner on the Nile River. Wednesday we started our day at the Egyptian Museum for a two our tour of the museum, there we saw the mummies of Ramses I, Seti I, and many other royal figures. We also saw ancient Egyptian antiques and artifacts belonging to Tutankhamun aka King Tut. After the museum we went to Cairo Tower, the tower offers panoramic view of the capital. To end our Wednesday, we were treated to a dinner cruise up on Nile River.
Thursday was our last official activity day so we made it a good one. We first visited The Mosque of Amir which was originally built in 641-642 AD. The original structure was the first mosque ever built in Egypt and in Africa. Then we proceeded to the Dahshur and there we went inside of The Pyramid of Snefru aka The Red Pyramid, there was no light walking down into the pyramid, so we had to use the light from our cellphones to help guide us. I was nervous so I asked my friend to go first (lol). Next we went to The Pyramid of Djoser aka the Step Pyramid, which is was built during the 3rd dynasty. After that we went inside of tombs with hieroglyphics written on the walls. Seeing that was surreal, being inside of something and being able to touch something that was built before Christ was born was surreal. I stood inside of history and my pictures don’t do any of what I saw with my own eyes justice. My trip was amazing, I plan to go back to Egypt to visit different parts, I also plan to take more cultural and historical trips. If anyone is interested in visiting Cairo, I can put you in contact with a great guide.
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Flashback Friday! Check out my two videos from my research trip to Monroe County, AL
Photo obtained via Ancestry.com
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.
I went to the Burgess, Locke, McCants family reunion this past weekend and was blessed with a gem from my cousin Melvina (the family historian). She gave me a copy of the family reunion book from their first family reunion in 1988. Not only does the book connect the dots on how the families are related but there is also a section with favorite sayings, bible verses and songs from some of my ancestors listed in the book.
When you have family reunions is there a family book or program to tell you family’s history?
Tags: alabama, ancestors, burgess, family, family relation, GENEALOGY, history, locke, mccants, my history, ROOTS
If you’re not out enjoying the hopefully beautiful weather or hopping from cookout to cookout this Memorial Day like I plan to do 🙂 then you should checkout Roots the miniseries remake. Executive producer of the new series LaVar Burton actually acted in the original miniseries as Kunta Kinte. Roots aired in 1977 to a captive audience, the eighteen episode series follows one African American family’s journey from the mid 18th century in Africa to the late 19th century, early 20th century in America. The miniseries was based off of author Alex Haley’s novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family. There have been some debates about the historical accuracy as well as plagiarism in the novel. Regardless I am still looking forward to seeing the remake Roots of this iconic TV miniseries, take a peek at the trailer below.
Did you miss the ninth episode of Finding Your Roots featuring actress Julianna Margulies, author Azar Nafisi and chef Lidia Bastianich? Well click here to see what you missed.
Categories: Projects, TV Program
Tags: ancestors, Azar Nafisi, DNA, finding your roots, GENEALOGY, henry louis gates jr, history, Julianna Margulies, Lidia Bastianich, pbs
Did you know? Wendell Scott was a pioneer in the sport of auto racing as the first Black full-time driver on the NASCAR circuit. Acting as a driver and his own mechanic he gained the admiration of fans and fellow drivers through his grit and determination to be successful in a sport deeply-entrenched in the Jim Crow south.
Wendell Oliver Scott (August 29, 1921 – December 23, 1990) was an American stock car racing driver. He was the first African-American driver in NASCAR, and the first African-American to win a race in the Grand National Series, NASCAR’s highest level. For more information on Wendell Scott click here