Visit Your Local PBS Station PBS Home PBS Home Programs A-Z TV Schedules Watch Video Donate Shop PBS Search PBS
African American Lives 2 -- Hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
In Search of Our Roots -- Buy the companion book now from ShopPBS
Henry Louis "Skip" Gates, Jr. (continued)

Sorry, you need the latest version of the free flash player in order to watch the video clips.


Select Another Profile
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Linda Johnson Rice Don Cheadle Chris Rock Tom Joyner Peter Gomes Maya Angelou Morgan Freeman Jackie Joyner-Kersee Tina Turner Katheleen Henderson Bliss Broyard
Milestones in Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s ancestry:

  • 1775 George Washington opens enlistment in the Continental Army to free blacks. Over the course of the Revolutionary War, approximately 5,000 African American men join the American side, fighting in integrated military units. Among them is Skip Gates's fifth great grandfather John Redman.

  • 1823 Joe and Sarah Bruce, great, great, great, great grandparents of Skip Gates, are freed by Abraham van Meter of Hardy County, Virginia, when he dies. The first federal census in 1790 recorded nearly 60,000 free blacks and more than 690,000 slaves living in the U.S.

  • 1950 Henry Louis "Skip" Gates is born on September 16th in Piedmont, West Virginia.

  • Put Professor Gates' life and ancestry in historical context with the Interactive Historical Timeline.





    Major corporate funding for African American Lives 2 and its outreach initiatives is provided by The Coca-Cola Company and Johnson & Johnson. Additional corporate funding is provided by Buick.
    The Coca-Cola Company Johnson & Johnson Buick
    KUNHARDT Thirteen/WNET New York