Family Reunions Are a Big Deal!
I remember as a young person frequent family reunion gatherings with games, trivia, good food, and lots of excitement. New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia are cities that come to mind when I think about the memories.
Family reunions have come a long way! One of our African Ancestry Family Members, Melvin Collier, recently helped to organize the reunion of the Beckley and Reed families. They learned of their common ancestral tie to a slave couple, Lewis and Fanny Barr in Abbeville, SC. The couple had been separated and taken to different parts of Mississippi, given new surnames, and never saw each other again. In August, over 250 family members paid homage to their history by coming together for the first time in 150 years. The event included a bus pilgrimage to the family cemetery, a gala dinner, and the reveal of their African roots.
I am excited about attending an even BIGGER family reunion event this weekend…the Tom Joyner Family Reunion in Orlando!
This is our second year partnering with Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores and Tom Joyner during this major Family Reunion event. Last year, we revealed Sybil’s ancestry as well as the ancestries of the contest winners. Listen to the 2008 Reveal. This year we’re back to share the African Ancestry Experience with Tom and his family of listeners. We will have a booth in the Expo hall if you’re in the area, stop by and say hello!