To BJ and all who are studying the "Generations from Slavery,"
My siblings and I are grandchildren of slaves. There are seven of us and two children born to our Father and his first wife. We were born from 1944 - 1957. Our slave grandparents were James and Caroline Brown from Giles County, TN. There were both born into slavery. I can remember my dad talking about memories of his father's enslavement, but unforunately did not record anything. He passed in 1969 and I continue to try to recall some of what he said over the years. I do recall that his father worked tobacco and was forced to hand pick the bugs off the leaves. The punishment for missing a bug was that he had to eat the bug. My slave grandfather was around 19 years old when freedom came. My father was the baby of the family and he was born in 1889, one of seven children. He lost track of all of his siblings and with a common name "Brown" they are very hard to trace. Apparently, most of them left home early seeking jobs and my dad ended up serving in The Army in France during WWI and later was a Pullman porter. So this is my connection to Slavery, only one generation between myself and Slavery. My siblings and I have often wondered how many others were this close to Slavery.