Two Women Researched Slavery in Their Family. They Didn’t See the Same Story.

Kim Lee Finger and Michelle Brooks, like many Black Americans, grew up knowing they are descended from slaves.

Over the years, each had heard fragments of family stories about their great-great-grandparents, who were children of a woman named Ann.

Ann was once owned by a white farmer from a well-known family that helped found what became Fairfax, Va. Documents indicate she was also the mother of his children.

Yet much about Ann was unknown. There were no pictures of her, no written accounts chronicling her life or preserving her voice. The two women, who had never met, would search for Ann’s features in photos of their great-great-grandparents, each wondering about her story.

Eventually, Ms. Finger and Ms. Brooks connected on a genealogy website. Over time, they decided to pool what they knew and set out to learn more.

Source: WSJ – US News

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