Using a case of "Reverse Genealogy" the family history of an enslaved spinner & weaver will be traced from the era of the American Revolution to the turn of the century. Based on a Freedman's Bank record Center staff will follow the historical footpath of a woman who lost children during slavery and the Civil War, surviving to secure an account with the Freedman's Bank. This presentation will demonstrate how one critical record links to a host of documents leading to an intriguing emancipation story.

The Robert Frederick Smith Explore Your Family History Center at the National Museum of African History and Culture helps people begin their family history journey and learn the basics of researching African American genealogy.

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