This Week's Pod Cast


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Warm wishes for the Taylors who are having their 60th Family Reunion in Rocky Mount North Carolina this weekend! Truly amazing! The reunion unfolds this weekend and it’s hard to imagine 60 years of consecutive reunions. This is of course family reunion season all over the country, and also for many African American communities, this is also time for church and town homecomings. A city like Atlanta is particularly well known as a destination city for reunions, but I like it that the Taylors have always kept their reunion where the family has roots. I hope that someday we may see the Taylor family share their rich history online.

I mentioned town and church homecomings. Well in Oklahoma there is also the tradition of the old early August weekend celebrations also. They have now evolved into more homecoming weekends as well, but many still “go home” in many places of Oklahoma from Oklahoma City, to Okmulgee, from to Muskogee to Macalester to Idabel. This tradition was part of the old Emancipation celebrations that occurred in Indian Territory and Oklahoma through the mid 20th century, in fact. So it is now generally the season of renunions galore—this is a great time to connect with family, community, and embrace who we are where we come from.

Monthly meetings continue. Tomorrow in Baltimore the Agnes K. Callum chapter of the African American Genealogy Society will have a chance to hear about MAAGI, and also to hear speakers sharing their SC history and genealogical findings.

I have been involved in a number of things and I enjoy getting back to the research. I have been following the story of Clement Johnson and I am now on the hunt to find out more of his story. He was a soldier in the 79th US Colored Infantry, who had the fortune of a surprise reunion with his wife when his regiment arrived at Ft. Smith Arkansas. He was able to meet his wife there, and eventually moved his family to Leavenworth Kansas after the war. He apparently died shortly afterwards, but his story was such a tender story, I have decided to find out if I can find out more about him. So stay tuned for more.

This week several stories have been shared with me, from the archaeological community and anthropological communities, well some new and interesting stories have come forth and been shared. One is the story of a burial ground in Philadelphia was shared was that of the old Mother Bethal Burial ground has been rediscovered. Apparently this old burial ground lies underneath what is now a children’s playground.
These two links tell more of the story:
Renovation and Commemoration

Thousands Buried Beneath Philadelphia Playground.

Also another interesting story share about the Old Cahawba Plantation shared from an anthropolocal perspective. Work and studies of this plantation revealed data on migration of slaves to and from that old estate. We get information from many scholars and researchers from many disciplines and the migration data from the old Cahawba plantation was quite interesting to read and learn.

You know—-so many stories come from the soil and we need to find them right there from the community where we are from. I had an interesting dialogue with people in one of my facebook groups when discussion arose about 3 old shotgun houses and discussion as to whether or not they were slave cabins. Discussion then also arose about the history of slavery in the community. I was able to share things with members of the group and to point out aspects of Black history in the community. I was happy that the dialogue was free from emotion and not hostile in any way. The lesson is that there are opportunities to teach, to share and to open the eyes of others. We have to commit ourselves to the opportunity to share what we know about those facts that we find.

This a great time to be a part of the genealogy community. I hope that you do join the groups on social media that time allows and attend those institutes that your money might allow as well.

By the way, if you have not caught Bernice Bennett’s show last night Dr. Sidney Nathans, who talked about his book “To Free a Family”. The story focused on Mary Walker and her plight from the south to the north, and what kinds of data that he was able to use to unravel this story. Bernice Bennett’s show airs every Thursday evening at 9 pm EST on Blog Talk Radio

Well, thanks for listening again, I know you have many options and ways to spend your time. I appreciate hearing from you all. Have a great week, and remember to keep sharing, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.

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