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HAS ANYONE HEARD OF SHUNNING
While writing, and researching Notes and Documents, I ran into some strange behaviours from people. No one actually challanged me about my book, they more, or less shunned me. Shunning is when the Amish Community ignores one of their own, who has broken one of their laws. They do not recognize, speak to, or of the person.
The person cannot defend themselves, and remains an outcast in the community. I believe that the sensitive nature of the material I have collected that is happening to me in some quarters. It grieves me to say that a lot of the people doing the shunning are African Americans. Maybe they are afraid to lose their positions, but it is sad just the same. I connected my line to the Washington, and Jefferson family, not just through documents, but through DNA, and that must be a No NO. The information I have is in my book, and when my book was released I sent the information to Mt. Vernon, George Washington Birthplace (run by the National Park Service), and Monticello. Not one of these organizations showed any interest in purchasing my book, or learning more about it. One of the main people who works at Monticello spoke at a commemoration ceremony I coordinated for my ancestors, Mary and Patty Bowden. Yet, none of my calls, nor letters to her have been answered.
In fact George Washington Birthplace hired a person, who had no interest in African American History. This man has a Spanish Surname, and everytime I have been in contact with him, he has been rude, and nasty. I sent a letter of complaint to his supervisor, and asked what his qualifications were. He had one of his rangers call me, and ask me to participate in an event. Then he changed the event to include slaves, and Free Blacks, which I had no problem with. This was a bungled attempt by him to portray me as not interested in the Washington Slaves. In other words I was trying to separate the slaves from the Free Blacks. That was far from the truth, because my ancestor, who was born on the plantation, was the daughter of a Washington slave.
Things got heated when I was emailing a Washington Descendant about the Slave Graveyard on his property. I wanted to do some sort of DNA on the bones, and he said no one was going to descerate the Grave. The Grave is in a Wooded area with no fence, and has not been consecrated. The bodies are buried sitting upright in a circle. I do not believe that was the problem, the problem was what the DNA would reveal. In other words the Washington family still owns my ancestors. I believe it was a racial issue because a white author told me that this man was very nice to him.
It is very interesting, and in fact is the reason why I continue to write. I know that the truth is out there..."
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