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A phenomenal event has been happening on Tuesday nights since October 22, 2013. On the PBS channel, a six-hour miniseries called “The African-Americans Many Rivers to Cross” written and presented by Henry Louis “Skip” Gates. It is a documentary of the past 500 years of African-American History. Well if that was not enough alone to stand on it’s on merit of being phenomenal, this additional fact will complete it. Due to social media people all over the United States discussed the series as it is be televised by using the platforms of Twitter, Facebook and blogging. I have personally been involved in all the platforms. Research groups such as African-American Genealogy and Slave Research (AAGSAR), African-American Genealogy Forum and Our Black History. Blogging groups such as Carnival of African-American Genealogy (CoAGG) and African Genealogy Blogging Circle. DNA groups such as DNA tested African Descendants. Blog talk radio with Research at the National Archives Beyond and Beyond. I am not a professional writer nor scholar and as you can tell I probably rate at a 9th grade level in my writing. But I am the evidence, that ancestors call on the ones that are the most passionate to tell their stories, the best way that they can. I feel very fortunate to have access to all the tools mention above and the great people involved.
Back to “The African-Americans Many Rivers to Cross’, the fourth episode of the series was about Making a Way Out of No Way portrays the Jim Crow era, when African-Americans struggled to build their own worlds within the harsh, narrow confines of segregation. At the turn of the 20th century, a steady stream of African-Americans left the South, fleeing the threat of racial violence, and searching for better opportunities in the North and the West. Leaders like Ida B. Wells, W.E.B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington and Marcus Garvey organized, offering vastly different strategies to further black empowerment and equality. Yet successful black institutions and individuals were always at risk. At the same time, the ascendance of black arts and culture showed that a community with a strong identity and sense of pride was taking hold in spite of Jim Crow. “The Harlem Renaissance” would not only redefine how America saw African-Americans, but how African-Americans saw themselves.
Making a Way Out of No Way (1897-1940) will be the heading of my future blogs about the migration travels of my ancestors. Most of my ancestors took the typical paths as described on this map.
September 16, 2013 The second day of my trip I visited the PATTERSON MEMORIAL CEMETERY A.K.A SHIELD'S CEMETERY, the African-American cemetery in Patterson Louisiana.Located off of HWY 182, turn on William St.,near the end of William is the cemetery on O street. MCCLENNAN SCHEXNAYDER Birth 2 Feb 1867 in Pattersonville, Louisiana Death 10 JUL 1947 in Patterson, Louisiana McClennan Schexnayder is my great-grand uncle and the son of Vilmont Schexnayder. His wife Dolly Thomas Robinson is buried next to him. DOLLY SCHEXNAYDER Born July 20 1866 Death Dec. 16 1969 Louis Schexnayder Born 4 Jul 1875 Death:1940 Vilmont's son. The below pictures is the wide view of the cemetery, that I had to walk through to find my ancestors. In Louisiana the caskets are placed above the ground due to water content in the soil which would make the coffin come out of the ground on its own. If the family want to keep the family together and there is no plots nearby, the next best thing is to.... The bottom casket is my grand-aunt Glennie Davis Henderson (My great grandmother Julia Schexnayder's daughter) and the top is Glennie's daughter Ferrelltine Henderson Bartley. Here is an example of a grave that was buried in the ground, I am sure the graves of Vilmont and Julia Schexnayder were buried in the ground and got destroyed as others did as well. I love to Google, I had Google either African-American Cemetery or Black cemetery in Patterson Louisiana and I found out that Melissa Hutton had actually listed all the readable headstones or had obtain the list of the readable headstone and placed it on usaarchives.net Submitter: MELISSA HUTTON Date: Sep., 2004 http://files.usgwarchives.net/la/stmary/cemeteries/patterson2004.txt Day 2 was a great day
Here is a repost by a fellow tribesmen
Surge of New African American Genealogy Blogs
Recently there has been a huge surge of New African American Genealogy blogs. We have the new group African-American Genealogy & Slave Ancestry Research to thank for encouraging and guiding their creation as part of their mission to move African American genealogy forward, to break down brick walls and to form a community of researchers encouraging and sharing with each other. Here are links to some of the new blogs, and a few older ones. If you can, visit. You might find something you were looking for.
There are other African American blogs listed above under “Some Blogs I Follow”.
- Echoes of My Nola Past – Robertson, Robinson, Bryan, & Amos Ancestors of Webster Parish, LA
- Claiming Kin – adding one leaf at a time to my Texas family tree
- Conversations With My Ancestors – Documenting the Life and Times of My North Carolina Family
- Georgia Black Crackers – A personal journey back in time through my Georgia ancestors
- In Honor of My Ancestors – We are linked in both life and death. Those who share a common blood relations never break apart
- Low Country Africana – African American Genealogy and History in SC, GA and FL
- My Elusive Kin
- Our Alabama Roots – Honoring Our Ancestors of Barbour, Henry & Houston Counties
- Spence-Lowry Family History – Connecting the dots on my tree with solid lines! Researching my African American genealogy in Pasquotank and Camden counties of North Carolina.
- Taneya’s Genealogy Blog
- The Family Griot
- Tracing Their Footsteps – Our Texas Roots
- All Roads Lead to California – How my ancestors got to the Golden State, and how I’m tracing them around the globe
- Ike Ivery Family
- Terrence Garnett’s Family Research
- Connected by Blood
- They Came From Virginia – Following the trail of our Doyle and Carr ancestors from Virginia to Iowa one step at a time
- Caddo Trees – Caddo Parish Louisiana genealogy
- Mississippi Ancestors
- A Journey To The Past
- Interlocked and Interwoven – A Genealogy Restoration
- Cecelia’s Dig
- Walking in Irene’s Shoes – The Barnes-Smith Family History
- The Middlebrooks of Meriwether County – My Maternal Ancestors of Meriwether County Georgia
- A Home In Missouri – Tracing the history of our Taylor and Fowler ancestors from Arkansas, Missouri and Mississippi
- The Book Of Bannarn – The journey of tracing my ancestors from Texas to Oklahoma to Minnesota
- Mysteries of my Ancestors – Following the Spirit of my Ancestors!!!!
- Notes To Myself
- Back Porch Reminiscing
- Arterberry/King/Pinkney/Ritchardson Genealogy Page
- MOON-JACKSON ARMY
- Pieces of Me – A family tree can wither if nobody tends it’s roots.
- Between the Gate Posts – Respecting sensibilities, I will share my family stories entwine with historical events from Copiah, Jefferson and Lincoln Counties, MS.
- J-Macs Journey -This blog journals moments in time. The research and treasures discovered along the pathway of life’s journey; Our family genealogy.
- Daniels Is My Name
- The TALIAFERRO Project – A community act of kindness to honor and preserve the family research efforts of our cousin, Sandra TALIAFERRO
- Lukasa – A living memory board as we gather as family and honor our Ancestors.
- findingeliza.com-The story of my family – past and present