Duke University President Vincent E. Price announced in an email to students and faculty Saturday morning that he has authorized the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the entrance of Duke University Chapel.
A few reasons that the percentages in your ethnic-ancestry breakdown may change over time.
On Monday evening, protesters in Durham, North Carolina pulled down a Confederate monument that had stood in front of the old Durham County courthouse since its dedication on May 10, 1924. As one of the protesters climbed a ladder and put a rope around the sculpture, the rest chanted, “We are the revolution.” In an…
A mystery illustrates how an 18th-century family became caught up in Virginia’s laws around race, sex and freedom.
Today, the farmers who work the verdant fields of Buxton, a small farming community in southern Ontario about an hour’s drive from Detroit, are mostly white. But a visitor in the 1850s would have found its neat rows of corn and golden wheat being tended by black farmers—free and formerly enslaved Americans who had…
A reader encounters the proverbial brick wall that African Americans encounter in antebellum genealogy research.
What do you feel when you see the Confederate American flag? For some, it’s a patriotic symbol of their southern American heritage. For many others, though, the Confederate flag is a painful reminder that America’s is a legacy steeped in the blood, pain, and misery of black slaves and their still-living descendants.
A family legend points to a turn-of-the-20th-century transracial adoption. Could that have actually happened?
To read John Ridley’s original run on the DC/WildStorm comic book series The American Way is to look at America’s legacy of anti-black racism in a way that’s divorced from time.
There are times when black America’s feathers are ruffled, and our reaction does not come from anger or aggravation but from wonder. Even though many of our bruises have calloused over, every now and then someone will stick us in the exact right spot, and when we feel the pinprick, instead of getting mad, we are…
A series of run-ins with law enforcement in the United Kingdom splits a family apart. Now the family is seeking answers.
Jahlil Nickens, 18, who earned the honor of becoming his class valedictorian this spring, also made history as the first African-American boy to earn that honor in Lancaster High School’s history
In revisiting the story of black refugees to Trinidad, we came across the tale of a foiled slave rebellion in Maryland.
A reader wonders if she could be related to Andrew Jackson through one of his slaves.
We made a surprising discovery while addressing a question about how slaves got their last names.
Her ancestor’s will named 13 slaves, and she seeks help getting this information to their descendants.
Researching those who chose to fight for the British and emigrate to Trinidad in order to be free.
Research reveals a Black Seminole family’s continent-crossing migration in search of freedom and battlefield glory.
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A biracial woman yearns to know more about her African-American ancestors, about whom she has little information. It’s a good thing we found a lot of it.