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FLASHBACK FRIDAY!

Flashback Friday! Check out my two videos from my research trip to Monroe County, AL

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The “Mayor of Douglasville”

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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.

 

 

Source Citation

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

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The Little Red Schoolhouse

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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.

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Africa’s Great Civilizations

Henry Louis Gates explores the untold story of how Africa helped shape our modern world. Premiering tonight on PBS.

 

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Family History

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?

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ROOTS

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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.

 

 

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The Long Way Home

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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.

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Ida Gray Nelson Rollins

GrayNelson_Chicago_2Did you know? Ida Gray Nelson Rollins (1867-1953) was the first black woman to graduate from the U-M School of Dentistry,
The first black woman to earn D.D.S. degree and the first black woman to practice dentistry in Chicago. For more information on Ida Gray Nelson Rollins click here

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Wendell Scott

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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

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Horace King

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Did you know? Architect, engineer, and master bridge builder, Horace King (1807-1885) born into slavery was the most respected bridge builder from Georgia to Mississippi during the mid-nineteenth century. Some of his work included, the West Point Georgia Bridge, Wetumpka Alabama Bridge, Russell County Courthouse, The Bridge House in Albany Georgia and the spiral staircase in the Alabama State Capitol. King was even elected to the Alabama House of Representatives as a Republican and served two terms. For more information on Horace King, click here

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