Healing Historic Harms Through Research — Sharon Leslie Morgan

Bettie WARFE/GAVIN

Sharon Leslie Morgan moved to Noxubee County, Mississippi to research her ancestors’ history. Morgan’s great-great-grandmother, Betty Warfe Gavin, was enslaved there, and gave birth to 17 children. The father of all of them was Robert Louis Gavin, a white man and the nephew of her enslaver.

“My ancestors came from here and fled,” says Morgan. “For me to come back and reclaim memories, experiences, relationships, I think that is going to help with healing the historical harm of slavery.”

RootsTech prepared this short video as a preview of Morgan’s keynote talk that will take place at RootsTech Connect on February 25, 2021.

Morgan is a long-time Coming to the Table member, the founder of Our Black Ancestry, co-author, with Tom DeWolf, of Gather at the Table, and a partner in FamilySearch’s Reclaiming Our African Roots project.

“I want to honor them by saying their names,” explains Morgan. “They didn’t have a voice. They can’t speak for themselves. An African proverb says that you are not dead as long as someone says your name. I am that person.”

Both Morgan’s talk and her forthcoming book will give her ancestors a voice.

Author: BitterSweet

Posted by the BitterSweet editorial team.

3 thoughts on “Healing Historic Harms Through Research — Sharon Leslie Morgan”

  1. Sharon, you are the griot, the one who carries the history, speaks the names, and keeps the Ancestors alive. Thank you for all that you’re doing.

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