Looking at Resilience

2019 marks the commemoration of 400th Anniversary of the African American Story in the United States.  The history includes the "forced migration" of Africans into North America.  Gloria Brown-Marshall, Associate professor at John J College, so eloquently described on cable network; what happen 400 years ago, that is, the separation of families, is the discussion …

Friends of friends Friday- Grandmother purchases Granddaughters Freedom, St. Croix, DWI, 1817

In 2007, the VI Ancestry Discovery Group hosted “VI Family Tree & History Exhibit,” on St. Croix. I was among the 75-plus presenters sharing my family history in public for the first time. Gathering, collecting data and working with Project Coordinator Veronica “Ronnie” Phillips; I began to think about not just what; but also how …

Friend of Friends Friday- Slave Children

Two years ago, the local paper featured the below article. The 150 year old photograph of slave children caught my attention. I paid closer attention to the selling price over $1,000. for the slave boy John in 1854; rather than the rare photograph. The idea that a slave boy could be sold off for that …