AfriGeneas Genealogy and History Forum
2 Cultures celebrate historic ties
RENEWING OLD RELATIONSHIPS
BY ROBIN FARMER
Aug 19, 2006
Early relationships between American Indians and blacks, whether linked by love or survival, seldom are depicted in films, recorded in text books or taught in schools.
But for the past eight years, Anita and Hugh Harrell of Charles City County have gathered family, friends and guests to discuss the intermingling of two cultures whose bloodline continues today.
"There's always somebody for whom the information is new," said Anita Harrell, who helped to organize the recent 8th Annual Coming Together Festival of Red-Black History and Culture.
"Red and black people traditionally have identity issues because of the country's history. There's been such a determined effort to drive a wedge between them," Harrell said.
The festival, which attracted about 200 people, was held last Saturday at the Harrison Lake National Fish Hatchery in Charles City County.
It marked the 387th anniversary of Africans settling near the Weyanoke Indians, which are no longer organized as a tribe or nation. Some of the Africans had been sold to George Yeardley, governor of the English colony, and were settled as indentured servants on Yeardley's tobacco plantation, located near a community of Weyanoke Indians.