Knowing my interest in connections between African Americans and whites, Joyce Hostetter shared a link to an interesting article. Bound by the Past tells the story of how a black imam and a white administrator from a Christian Seminary met at a church and discovered a startling connection: her great-grandfather owned his ancestors.
IndyStar columnist, Robert King, notes: "The McWilliams family -- its white and black iterations, its parts rooted in slavery and slave ownership -- had completed a long journey that Sunday almost one year ago. It was a trip that covered nearly 150 years, four to five generations and almost 400 miles."
The story didn't surprise me. As I research my work-in-progress I am constantly aware of the interrelationships between people and generations.
The past is not as far from us as we think.
Joyce Hostetter, IndyStar, Robert King, the past, Bound by the past, African American history, slavery
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