This 1956 guidebook for black travelers is an important reminder of America’s racist past


Posted by George Geder, great guidebook to view from 1956. Know who you are and who you come from! Educate your young ones on how it was and still is in some places.

Originally posted on Fusion:

During the Jim Crow era, traveling in the United States for African-Americans was difficult and often dangerous. Motels and restaurants didn’t have to serve you if they didn’t want to. “Sundown towns”—places where it was unsafe to be black at night—dotted the nation’s geography. If you were driving around the country, the only way to know if you were safe was by word-of-mouth.

But a black civic leader named Victor H. Green came up with a better, more permanent solution. In the early 1930s, he began publishing a compendium of tips and wisdom for black travelers called The Negro Motorist’s Green Book, which would become better known as just the Green Book.

In its heyday, each edition of the Green Book was selling around 15,000 copies. Green’s guidebook was horrifyingly, frustratingly necessary for African-American motorists, business travelers, and vacationers to use while driving the roads and interstates of this country.

Indeed, the 1949 edition

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Was Your British Ancestor a Slave Owner?


Dick Eastman’s Genealogy Newsletter is another excellent one to follow. Here is an overview and tips if your British Ancestor was a Slave Owner. So far in my ancestry, my British ancestry were not slave holders. Please follow his blog, there are lessons to learn and info to know.

Originally posted on Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter:

Slavery was abolished in the British Empire in 1833. Those who had owned slaves were compensated at the time for their financial losses when they lost their slaves. Historians from University College London (UCL) have catalogued the 46,000 British subjects who were compensated by the British government for losing in total 800,000 slaves as a result of abolition. Descendants of the last British slave owners can now find out about their ancestors’ involvement.

These 46,000 slave owners were compensated a total of £20 million (£17 billion today). The research team discovered that it was not only the rich elite that had vested interest in slaves but also clergymen, shop owners and ‘ordinary’ members of the British middle classes. It is estimated that 10 per cent of Britons who died in the 18th century had benefited from slavery and that up to 15 per cent of the British elite were involved…

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My Slave Ancestors Blog by Robyn Smith

This blog has some great information on how to research your slave ancestry. For those who are researching slave ancestry are familiar with the challenges. It is critical to know where to locate records and know what records you are looking for. I always suggest when you are researching any ancestor that you develop a timeline. Put things in chronological order, inputting everything that happened in the community  where they lived. Visit Robyn’s blog and enjoy:

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Veterans Helping Veterans

Those that know my oldest brother “Todd”, know that he is a Veteran. He is a commander of a VFW in Michigan and part of Rolling Thunder Michigan Chapter 1. What keeps this man alive is his brothers and sisters veterans. They just did an event to hep folks remember the POW & MIAs. Todd portrayed a soldier being a POW. He grew out his hair and gives a good image. I almost didn’t recognize him. I am so proud of him and all their efforts to keep the memory of those that have not made it home. Remember your POWs & MIA.


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Remembering my Dad-FB posting+

This very handsome man is a brother to 6 siblings, born 24 Nov 1924 in Ft. Wayne, uncle to several nieces and nephews, and grandfather and great grandfather. Some know him as “Cool Cal” back in the neighborhood. He and his brother Harold attended Wilberforce College until the war began, they were drafted. He was a proud WW2 Veteran, a Golden Glove boxer, owned his own accounting business and become a Real Estate Broker.  He was also a father to 5 children (4 sons and 1 daughter). He was an avid advocate for Civil Rights, and obsessed with the news. He sued the city, because he over heard a manager say, one N’ down, one N’ to go. I am sure you can image this was back in the 60s and was one of two that worked at the city. As a real estate broker, he used to loan the $200 down to folks to help get their first house, that didn’t have the downpayment. He believe everyone should own their own home especially people of color. This meant, food off our table to help others own a home. He used to say, land was something that would never change, so it is good to investment. 

As a boxer, he and his brother both boxed, also very successful. Both went to the championship and had to fight each other for the title, well if you know my dad, that was not going to happen and it didn’t.

He loved to eat meat, taught me to cook steak, 60 seconds on each side on high heat and keep stabbing it with a fork, adding a pat of butter. (yuk). He is also was the one to tell me I had to “stay two steps ahead of my brothers, just because I was little and a girl didn’t mean I couldn’t do things”.

I miss him, he had a beautiful voice, sang to me often, and back in the day sang in the First Community AME Church–Grand Rapids, MI choir.  When the Choir traveled to other churches, he was always requested to sing a song called “Today”. I have yet to hear this one. I have searched for years to hear this. He was a solid tenor. He loved Sarah Vaughn and any type of music. I know he would of loved to live in Virginia. Things just haven’t been totally right since he passed in 1995. I think about him often, even after all these years. I was the apple in his eyes.

I remember the day he passed, I knew I had to get home by 3:30p, since he was going to pass, I told my boss I had to go because, my daddy was dying that day and I had to be home by 3:30p. I called my friend, Brenda Scaffidi, and told her the same, she said okay, I will be there, I said, by 3:30. The A/C had went out, it was August in Tallahassee.  I called the A/C guy, Jesse, told him also, my daddy was dying and need the A/C on. We had set up fans in his bedroom and they were blasting on him.  I sat at his side while he was taking his last breaths, he stuttered out, asking if I had the money to pay the AC guy, I said yes I had it. He also ask that I make sure I helped Mother (my mom). A few more breaths and he was gone. I had not seen the “death throws”, but did that day. Something I won’t forget. Once he was gone, I waited a couple of minutes before I yelled out to the others in the house to let them know he was gone. I have  passion for real estate and affordable housing opportunities and became a real estate broker myself. 

I think he would be proud of me and for what I have accomplished. I still have my private conversations with him, and he still helps me make good decisions. I value the teaching and the wisdom. He nieces, nephews and grandchildren will remember him as being fun. Wishing you and all Father’s a Happy Father’s Day, whether you are here in physical form or in heaven watching over us. Love you. xoxo calvin murphy real estate profile pic daddy camp wallace tx and Philipines 19 verna and cal 1952

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Freedmen’s Bureau, do you know? Juneteenth do you know?

Tune in to Angela Walton-Raji’s weekly podcast to gain a special insight about the records and what’s happening in the genealogy world for Friday, June 19.

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What A Moving And Encouraging Afternoon!


My distance family (Joyceann) visits Harewood and shares her point of view being in the home of where her ancestors where slaves. More to come.

Originally posted on J. Gray Researching:

We met, offered our stories and shared a meal. We hugged and laughed and continued to fellowship until late in the afternoon.  All under the gaze of the Washington’s in portraits around the  hallways and rooms. Oh yes time has surely changed!

Finally We meet! Sarah & Joyceann At Harewood, WV Finally We meet!
Sarah & Joyceann
At Harewood, WV

How do I explain the emotions as I sat at the  very dining room table my ancestors  served under the gaze of Samuel W. Washington in the painting hanging high on the wall? I wonder what he was thinking…..How do I begin to explain how I feel eating a  meal  prepared by his descendant and Bushrod Washington’s descendant too?

To explain how it was to walk up the steps and be welcomed in through the front doors of the very home that my ancestors helped to build,  Front Steps of HarewoodThe same home that George Washington visited and to stand in front of the fireplace where…

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