Sharing a couple of interesting blogs. What do you do if you find that your ancestor’s were slave holders? Do you panic, get embarrassed or are you ashamed or begin the denial thoughts. I have white ancestors and a black one who both owned slaves, it is history and stories and the truth needs to be told. Why doesn’t it need to be told, so people understand and learn the struggles. We are hear because they survived slavery. It is a shameful part of the American History, but do not fear or run from it. The USA has never accepted or handled this portion (and others) of the history. It has and is ignored in the school system and some families do not pass it down. Sometimes your faith keeps this blocked and that is a huge struggle for everyone.
Also, I suggest it is well worth reading Judy G. Russell, aka “the Legal Genealogist blog as well her “Coming to the table” article. http://www.legalgenealogist.com/2016/05/28/coming-to-the-table/
Well listen, you will survive! (with emphasis of Donna Summer’s song in my head) On Facebook a posting was shared today by “respect-the-flow” (who I do not know) and it says it all for me:
So my recommendation is to educate yourself and your family on the arena of slave research. Don’t panic you are not the only one. Geez, if your people came from the south, well north too, there is a great possibility they own slaves. Another recommendation is to join a few genealogy groups, learn how to do the research and open your mind to table conversations. Visit the Coming to the Table group, there are several chapters around the country…http://comingtothetable.org
Know your Roots, they are Long and Strong.