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Re: The Evoloution of a Family Reunion

Hello All,

My Adams Family celebrated with our 89th Annual Adams Family Reunion this past Labor Day weekend in Columbus, OH.

A full weekend of activities that culminated with the Sunday "gathering".
We had approximately 200 cousins in attendence and they came from all over Ohio and California, Illinois, Indiana, New York and South Carolina.
A highlight of the Gathering was a performance written and directed by cousin Reita Ann (Bynum) Smith. It started with two of our Adams youngsters discussing "family history" ...They said it was "boring, uninteresting and the Adams Family ain't never done nuthin".

Then from the "Adams Time Machine" out pops Lewis Adams and he immediately starts telling them the history of his and his wife Susan's life from slavery to freedom in the early 1800's. Lewis then names his & Susan's parents, their 10 children, their involvement in the early A.M.E. church (1824), starting a school for "colored youngun's (1844), their UGRR activities (1820-1860).

He then explains the life of his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren..... their trials, tribulations and acomplishments.

Then 8 young Adams descendants appear with posters containg the names of Adams descendants who have distingushed themselves in the areas of Academics, Arts, Athletics, Education, Medicene, Politics, Religion and most of all Community Service.

Lewis then explains to them their resposibility in learning their family history and to carry on the "Adams Tradition" of service to their communities as Adams Descendants.

The 2 youngsters then somewhat ashamedly admit that the Adams Family had done sumpin' and how it was going to be their turn to do sumpin'.
The performance and message was well recieved.

Art Thomas

p.s. For you who are "Family Historians". Keep up your work, the efforts are/will be appreciated.

The Families of Arthur Lee Thomas......Springfield, OH

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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