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Tarzan Carried a Message

On 1 March, performer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte celebrated his 88th birthday. On 8 November last year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented Belafonte with its Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award … and honored with an Oscar the man’s long

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Posted in Abolitionist, Africa, Arts & Community Culture, Civil Rights/Black Power (1955- 1968), Colonial (Before 1770s), Contemporary (1970- present), Discovery & Personal Reactions, Europe, Film, Historic Harms, Implications for Action, News Media, Racism, Research Adventures, Slaveholding (1780 -1865)

Linked Through Slavery–The Last Furman Slave Owner

This is the final post in my series of three on the connection of my father’s family to slavery —a 110-year legacy— and my search for African American descendants whose ancestors toiled on my family’s plantations in South Carolina. This

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Posted in Ancestry, Connecting Across Families, Contemporary (1970- present), Cooperation: Assistance, Discovery & Personal Reactions, Enslaved People, Historic Harms, Racism

Linking through the Internet: A Miracle

My internet connection had been down all day.  I was beginning to get very perturbed—for a lot of reasons.  One was that author and genealogist Sharon Morgan was going to help me scour the internet to look for possible linked

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Posted in Cities, Connecting Across Families, Contemporary (1970- present), Cooperation: Assistance, Discovery & Personal Reactions, Enslaved People, General, Linked Descendants, North America, Plantations, Research Adventures, Slaveholders, Slavery, Support & Harmony

A Rainbow Family

A Rainbow Family It’s been 20 years since I found my first “linked descendants.” Coming to the Table was not yet born and I’d never heard that phrase. I didn’t even know for certain that Betty and Tommy Williams were

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Posted in "Side" & Linked Families, Contemporary (1970- present), Discovery & Personal Reactions, Historic Harms, Linked Descendants, Racism, Slaveholders

You Discovered a Slave Owner in Your Family Tree? What Does That Mean to You?

A few years back, when I first met some of my African American linked descendants, I was excited and enthusiastic, ready to embrace them warmly. They opened their arms to me, and the renewal of our family connection has remained

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Posted in "Side" & Linked Families, Ancestry, Carribean, Connecting Across Families, Contemporary (1970- present), Discovery & Personal Reactions, Enslaved People, Historic Harms, Linked Descendants, North America, Slaveholders

Part I: Facing Slavery and Finding Amanda

This post is the first of three pieces on 1) how I discovered slavery in my heritage, specifically focusing on a woman named Amanda owned by my ancestor Thomas Jackson and his second wife Courtney Robertson; 2) what more that official

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Posted in Ancestry, Contemporary (1970- present), Discovery & Personal Reactions, Intimacy & Family Life, Legacies, Linked Descendants, Racism, Slaveholding (1780 -1865)

Linked to Llewellyn

This is my first post to BitterSweet: Linked Through Slavery, and I wanted to briefly introduce myself. My name is Felicia Furman. I’m a white, middle-aged media maker from a privileged family. My ancestors owned a plantation called Woodlands and

Posted in "Nursing" & Parenting, Cities, Contemporary (1970- present), Contention, Sabotage & Resistance, Discovery & Personal Reactions, General, House Slaves / Field Slaves, Intimacy & Family Life, Legacies, Linked Descendants, North America, Racism

Being Linked Through Slavery Means …

Being a “linked descendant” puts racism and white privilege in a harsh light for me.  It makes speaking out honestly about the legacy of slavery a personal and family imperative. I always knew that my mother’s ancestral roots went back

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Posted in "Side" & Linked Families, Ancestry, Connecting Across Families, Contemporary (1970- present), Discovery & Personal Reactions, Enslaved People, Historic Harms, Implications for Action, Linked Descendants, Plantations, Sex & Concubinage, Slave Trader, Slaveholders, Slaveholding (1780 -1865)

Remembering their names

When I joined Coming To The Table over two years ago, I began a journey—a journey into the lives and times of my slave-holding ancestors and, most important for me, into the lives of the people they had enslaved. Taken

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Posted in Abolitionist, Ancestry, Connecting Across Families, Contemporary (1970- present), Discovery & Personal Reactions, Intimacy & Family Life, Linked Descendants, Racism, Slaveholders, Slaveholding (1780 -1865)
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