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Slave Girl Priscilla from Sierra Leone

I read an article in "American Legacy" magazine at church this past Sunday, about an African girl named Priscilla, kidnapped for slavery in 1756, and how two modern day scholars traced her line to an American descendant, Thomalind Martin Polite in SC. The article is not online, but is in the magazine's Winter 2007 issue. Ms. Polite is on the cover of that issue in a pink shirt with other African women. However, http://www.yale.edu/glc/priscilla/essay02.htm has an article online entitled "Priscilla's Homecoming".

Much in the same vein as Alex Haley's journey to Africa to meet his ancestor's descendants, and fellow Afrigeneas-er, George Geder's recent genealogical journey, Ms. Polite's adventure pleased me immensely. For some this might be old news, others might be learning of this for the first time. It's worth a revisit. Anyone researching the surname MARTIN and the Gullah people in SC, might find the same connection that too this MARTIN family back to Sierra Leone in Africa.

Georgia Walker-Adams


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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