Historical Newspapers: T.W. Thurston and The Silk Mill

Newspapers always have seemed to have a way of expressing hyperbole and extreme characterizations of individuals that they profile. One person that clearly illustrates the sway of journalists’ and the public’s opinion is a certain Thomas Wellington Thurston, Jr. Excerpted from Who’s Who of the Colored Race, Vol. I: THURSTON, Thomas Wellington, Jr., silk manufacturer,… Read more “Historical Newspapers: T.W. Thurston and The Silk Mill”

UPDATE: Jamaica and Genealogy

It was a pleasure to have that discussion with Sydian Hammond regarding Jamaica and genealogy. We learned and shared lots of great information, in terms of tracing ancestral ties to Jamaica. As an update regarding my own ancestral lineage in Jamaica, I have found a family name in Jamaica associated with a number of my… Read more “UPDATE: Jamaica and Genealogy”

There’s More: High on the Hog

Regarding Netflix’s limited series, High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America, here’s a deep-dive of web links and recommendations from the show. High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America Bon Appetit’s review about the doc. Culinary creatives from the show are featured in this article, ‘High on the… Read more “There’s More: High on the Hog”

High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America

By all means, whenever you get an opportunity—be sure to watch Netflix’s High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America. This limited series, which features a total of 4 episodes, is high art on common ground, in terms of culinary broadcasting. The cinematography is sweeping, with engagingly profound dialogue, and poignant lessons sans… Read more “High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America”

Historical Family Photos: The Thompson-Alston Wedding of 1935 in Norfolk, Virginia

Remember to check historical family photos to unlock potential genealogical clues and family connections. In checking the records, I found that one of the bridesmaids, Vivian (sp—actually Vivienne) Spratley, was the daughter of AME minister, Rev. W.E. Spratley. The bride also was the daughter of a minister, Rev. R.J. Alston. Always remember the FAN Club… Read more “Historical Family Photos: The Thompson-Alston Wedding of 1935 in Norfolk, Virginia”

Regarding the 4th

I humbly present this previously posted writing to you now, on this eve of July 4, 2021: The 4th of July has come and gone. My original intention was to write this post to coincide with the date, but I just couldn’t get the words together. I submit my effort now. Benjamin Harrison V, the… Read more “Regarding the 4th”


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