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Re: [JAMAICA] Afr Americans & West Indians: The Ti
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Mr. Jordan was officially born in 1871 (I double checked). As noted, several of my family members met him during the 1940s, and were/are very certain of his Haitian roots. With regards to Mr. Jordan being a former slave, obviously the dates don't align. However, this is not the first time of heard enslaved persons along the VA/NC border after "official emancipation". Of course I sincerely hope the elders in my family were misinformed on this one, but...
As I have previously mentioned to you with the exception of a few lines documented by Paul Heinegg, we arrived from the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and "one other place" during the early 1800's - not enslaved. During my 18yrs of research I have encountered several people with roots along the VA/NC border having the same story. I very much suspect many of these lines were brought in as cheap, undocumented labor, very similar to what we continue to see with Mexican, Honduran and other Hispanics.
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