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Re: What is your most interesting discovery?
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My best discovery has been meeting all of you here at Afrigeneas.
My most interesting was:
1. Meeting my grandmother's brother in a taxicab when I was 30. Who knew she had a brother! What are the chances he'd be driving the taxicab I had caught in a city where I had no known relatives? When I asked her about it, she said, oh I thought you knew about him. Duh;
2. Then learning that their grandmother (my 2nd great grandmother) was named Margaret One Bryant from Murrells Inlet, Georgetown County, South Carolina. My grandmother, was adopted away from the Bryant family and did not talk about them much and never really mentioned any names.
3. Then, finding Margaret's slave narrative on the Library of Congress Website and learning that her parents were Michael One and Mary Aiken
4. Then, tracking down and talking to the daughter of the WPA interviewer who wrote down Margaret's slave narrative. She told me that she was there for the interview ( she was 8 at the time), that Margaret's picture was taken and that copies of the pictures were at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
5. Then, finding out that a UNC Chapel Hill Professor had put two photos of Margaret in a book:
Jerry W. Cotten. Light and Air: The Photography of Bayard Wootten. Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press, 1998.
6. Then showing the pictures to Margaret's surviving grandchildren. It was amazing to see their faces:)
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