Slavery in Family Tree

I received an interesting question: in my research if I had found people of different races with the surname Ragland.  The answer is yes. The first Ragland in America was a slave owner In the latter years of the Jamestown settlement, the first Ragland arrived in America circa 1670. That first Ragland was Evan Ragland. Born in 1656… Continue reading Slavery in Family Tree

Somehow Not Only for Christmas

Somehow not only for ChristmasBut all the long year through,The joy that you give to othersIs the joy that comes back to you.And the more you spend in blessingThe poor and lonely and sad,The more of your heart’s possessingReturns to make you glad.JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER AVAILABLE NOW ON AMAZON. Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash.com… Continue reading Somehow Not Only for Christmas

Did You Know?

The French Quarter Vex Care or Vieux Carré, is the French term for Old Square The French Quarter, also known as the Vieux Carré, is the oldest Neighborhood  in the city of New Orleans. It was founded as a military-style grid of seventy squares in 1718 by French Canadian naval officer Jean Baptiste Bienville. The French Quarter of… Continue reading Did You Know?

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In his final words, John Lewis urges Americans to use their power for change through voting.

The Living Son of a Slave

Daniel Smith, 88 years old and the living son of a slave I read this article in late July. Not only is this piece of journalism well written but the writer tells an amazing story that I thought was impossible. Daniel Smith is the living son of a slave. It boggles my mind that Daniel… Continue reading The Living Son of a Slave