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Re: Vardy Collins' descendents
In Response To: Re: Vardy Collins' descendents ()

: Thank you for your valuable contribution to this forum of free
: people
: of color! The website you provided so extremely interesting for
: those
: like myself who have deep roots in a so-called "tri-racial
: isolate" group. My maternal grandmother's people are
: Piscataway-Conoy Indians or known in the late 1800's and early
: 20th century as We-sorts located in Charles County (Southern
: Maryland). Other groups such as mine should follow the example
: of what the Mulungeon people have done by shedding light on a
: very important piece of American culture and history via
: cyberspace. It's time to celebrate our mixed Native-American
: heritage and stop hiding in a shroud of secrecy in fear of
: larger white/black American society doubting our research,
: wisdom (gained through the oral history of our ancestors), and
: ultimately our heritage! Let's really raise the bar on Black
: History Month as well as Native American heritage month (in
: November) by demanding that our beautiful but hidden ancestry be
: known! We, as descendants of free people of color and Mulatto
: slaves need to do this
: by writing editorials to magazines dedicated to both the black
: experience and Native-American culture. SPREAD THE WORD!!!

Thank you, There's a lot of hidden history in the South where some try to lump us into either the "Black" or "White" catagory. Unfortunately the "Black n White" view of America leaves a lot of people out. I'll give you a good example. Once I worked in a genealogy shop and these 2 people from Mississippi came up to the counter wanting info on the name FARRIS. I said what is it Irish? His wife said No its LEBANESE. Anyway I said "Lebanese in Mississippi thats unusual". Her husband said "No its not". It turns out that "Farris" was changed from the original name of AL-FARISI.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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