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Juneteenth: A Realization

Over 150 years after the enslaved peoples of America received news of their freedom in Texas, the United States has made Juneteenth a national holiday. You’d be surprised, or not, on just how many people have never heard tell of Juneteenth. The business that began on January 1, 1863, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation… Read more “Juneteenth: A Realization”

Book Recommendation: All That She Carried THE JOURNEY OF ASHLEY’S SACK, A BLACK FAMILY KEEPSAKE By TIYA MILES

Book of the Times, a New York Times book review recently spotlighted this wonderfully important work by Professor of History Radcliffe Alumnae Professor, Tiya Miles. This work is based on the historically heart-rending artifact, Ashley’s Sack: My great grandmother Rose mother of Ashley gave her this sack when she was sold at age 9 in… Read more “Book Recommendation: All That She Carried THE JOURNEY OF ASHLEY’S SACK, A BLACK FAMILY KEEPSAKE By TIYA MILES”

1854 Division of the Enslaved: Powell, Greensville County, Virginia

If you have Powell family connections in Greensville County, Virginia, then you may be interested in reviewing the following names of the enslaved who, in 1854, were divided among Powell family members, according to the last will and testament of William H. Powell. If you do not have Greensville County, Virginia Powell family connections, then… Read more “1854 Division of the Enslaved: Powell, Greensville County, Virginia”

Poetry: Passing Through Time

A creative reflection on the possible historical stance of Aunt Sallie John Turner. However her life was lived, whether long or short, may she rest in peace and power. May all of our ancestors rest in peace and power. The Genealogy Situation Room

SALE AT BERKELEY | 1847 | TWENTY-FIVE LIKELY NEGROES-MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN…

December 11, 1846 Richmond, Virginia BY virtue of a Decree of the Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery for Charles City county, pronounced on the 19th day of November, 1846, in the suite of McGuire and others vs. the President, Directors and Company of the Bank of Virginia and others, McGuire and others vs.… Read more “SALE AT BERKELEY | 1847 | TWENTY-FIVE LIKELY NEGROES-MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN…”

Arena, Jim, and Aggy: The Case of Blue Ground Glass…1840, Greensville County, Virginia

Once again, the unindexed records at FamilySearch offer up a genealogical and historical treasure of information. I discovered a case within the Greensville County Virginia Minute Book, 1840-1852 that is most intriguing. This case involves several enslaved persons, Arena, Jim and Aggy who are charged with attempted murder by powdered blue glass. According to the… Read more “Arena, Jim, and Aggy: The Case of Blue Ground Glass…1840, Greensville County, Virginia”

Historical Family Photos: Tony C. Brewington and Bertha Todd Brewington

Tony Cemore Brewington (1894-1973) was my 2nd great-uncle. He was born in Dudley, North Carolina to Joshua L. Brewington (1846-1931) and Amelia Brewington nee Aldridge (1855-1895). This photo of Uncle Tony and his wife, Bertha, lovingly referred to as Aunt Daisy by my mother, appeared in The Norfolk Journal and Guide: Veteran. Served as a… Read more “Historical Family Photos: Tony C. Brewington and Bertha Todd Brewington”

Companion Guide: Whatever Happened to Sallie John Turner?

Thank you for viewing the discussion! Here is a guide to some of the topics that we covered: Sarah Forbes Bonetta—-In the household of Queen Victoria PBS’ Finding Your Roots, Season 7-Episode 9, Featuring Audra McDonald and Mandy Patinkin Historical Family Photos at Cracker Barrel Into the Silence…by Roberta Estes Official information about U.S. Censuses… Read more “Companion Guide: Whatever Happened to Sallie John Turner?”

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