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My husband Tom and I have rich legacies of captivating recorded family history that have survived. We can date his “free-born” family back before 1779 and my enslaved family to 1815. When I was a little girl, it was always a special event when I sat with my Grandaunt Florena Bell Brown on her sun porch to hear the ancient stories about our family. This rich oral family history impacted and inspired my life because my family was, — “Up from Slavery,” and found American prosperity in such profound ways, that it will amaze you. Knowing where we as a family came from gave me an appreciation for our history and the struggle to achieve goals and to never give up, the way they didn’t. I also found out how we fit into God’s Divine plan for one of the oldest continuously living things on earth, called — the family!


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