This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and welcome back to the African Roots Podcast! My name is Angela Walton-Raji and you can reach me at

A shout out to folks in Atlanta who will be attending the Black Family History Day program in Atlanta at the National Archives facility there. The event begins at 9 and is a symposium and luncheon.

Greenville SC Library will have a genealogy presentation by Tony Burroughs tomorrow beginning at 9 am.

As Black history month is ending, more events are surfacing for Spring and I will be giving an update in next week’s podcast for Spring, as March is almost here.

Family Search has announced some interesting initiatives into African Research that have caught my eye. Note I said African—yes, from the continent. They are launching oral history initiatives from Ghana to Zimbabwe. More on what they are doing can be found at the Family Search Site

From Arkansas to Liberia, I have learned that many left Arkansas for Liberia, the state that supplied the largest amount of people fleeing domestic terrorism. Dr. Kenneth Barnes has written about this in great detail, in his work Journey of Hope.

This past week I had the chance to listen to Antoinette Harrell’s talk show and learn about peonage—-post Civil War. This was significant, because there are records of this taking place—and the records are name rich. Though this is a painful part of our history especially in light of these being post slavery era years, this was real and it happened to hundreds of families. Here is a useful link about the Peonage System, and some records. Thank you to Antoinette Harrell for sharing this with us, and making us aware that this may be another resource for learning more of 20th century history.

Well thanks for listening and being there. I appreciate you all for taking time out of your busy day. As March approaches, continue to do what you do—keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find.

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