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    In 1998, I began researching my family’s folklore and ancestry. As our African-American genealogy took shape, along the way I discovered long-deceased family friends and neighbors - some black, some white - whose lives and values were as noteworthy and compelling as those of my kin.  I began recording their African village legacies as parallel, though separate, pursuits. I now know the resulting scrapbooks presented here, whether the genealogy of my family or the history of their African villages,  are not separate; they are the same story from different perspectives and locales on the hostile, repressive southern culture in which we all incubated. I now regard these scrapbooks as the maliciously discarded or ignored chapters of a contrived, hypocritical, though official, history book published for mainstream media and school textbooks solely to serve white egos and interests.  Browse the scrapbooks that interest you and alternately weep for joy and sorrow as I did when learning of the history that they did not want the you or the world to know.

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“Genealogy is history and history is genealogy; we must recover both.”