When we turn our hearts to our ancestors, something changes inside of us. We feel part of something greater than ourselves~Russell M. Nelson

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

GenFriends: Ric Murphy ~ 1619 Project

Genealogist and author Ric Murphy joins the panel to discuss the 1619 Project commemorating the 400th anniversary of the first slave ship arriving in Virginia. 
These "20 and odd" souls were the first Africans brought to America from Angola.
Their story is fascinating and should be remembered and told.
Watch as Ric, Bernice Bennett, Shelley Murphey and I learn more about this group of people who helped build our country and have been left out of the history books.
The 1619 project seeks to have them honored for their contributions and connect to their descendants.

For more information on the project, please visit:
Project 1619, Inc. (Facebook Page)
The Free Negro in Virginia, 1619-1865
400 Years of African- American History Commission
400 Years of African- American History Act
The 1619 Project | American Black Journal Clip 9/8/19

From Kathryn Knight Hall: Author, Historian, and Genealogist who been working with Project 1619 for the last 13 years researching and documenting the first Africans. She has written 5 books on them and has documented the family lines.  Kathryn is currently the AAHGS Library chair for 1619 Commemoration.

Stay tuned to the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society for more on the project and plans for the future!

How did the story of the "20 and Odd" touch you? Please share your thoughts!
Are you a descendant? We'd love to hear from you!

Links to our panelists:
Bernice Bennett-GenieRoots.com
Shelley Murphy-Family Tree Girl
Cheri Hudson Passey-Carolina Girl Genealogy

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  1. I just watched this video and I am in tears. My 4th Great Grandfather was Samuel H Goin, 1801 to 1885.
    My 5th Great Grandfather is Jordan D Gowen/Goin, 1780 to 1854.I had a DNA test done and found a cousin. Her name is Cheryl She has been doing genealogy for 30 years. She sent me this video and says we are related to the 1619 people. In my DNA, I am 0.5% Angolan and Congolese. Cheryl also said we have a cousin, K. Knight who wrote the book "Unveiled The 20 and Odd". Could this possibly be true that I am a descendant of the 20 and odd?

    1. What a wonderful discovery! You should probably contact Shelley Murphey, aka Family Tree Girl since she is a Goins descendabt. The link to her website is in the post! Keep me updated!!