This story should be on your show. I am going to tell it in a short version and if you are really interested, you are invited to our family reunion on July 20, 21, 22, 2012 on the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast. I married into the family. I was asked to do a family reunion for my husband’s group. They could only give me 40 names to invite to the reunion.
Being from a family of 13 myself, I said there’s got to be more in your family. Now we have over 7,000 on our family tree dated back to a birth in 1798. I have all the documents and when we put up the tree in family tree maker form, it extends almost 10 feet high and almost 60 feet long. It is amazing. Some of our famous family members are Sweet Lou Dunbar, now Head Coach of the famous Harlem Globetrotters and the most famous showmen in Globetrotters History, Michael Boatman, actor of Spin City, The Good Wife, Ann Nesby R&B Singer, Actress and Grammy winner and 2 times nominee, R&B Group Cherish who Jermaine Dupree worked with, American Idol 5th season, 3rd runner up Paris Bennett, Doug Williams, the first Black Quarterback to start in a superbowl and win with the Washington Redskins, we have more. I found that the whole town was related in some kind of way. Family living in different parts of the United States most of the time side by side and not knowing they were related. On Christmas 2011 I was researching at the court house in the hometown of Louisiana and out of the blue the white slaveowners great, great, nephew appeared. It is awesome. Now we are working together. They gave me a list of thier slaves and omg it was all of ours being sold in Martin County, North Carolina and brought to Louisiana. Also tells of the white overseer’s child being born to our people. It is just so much. It would be worth your while to interview this story. I exhibited the history in many cities and also at my genealogy class memorial library at Samford University one of the best school of Genealogy and Historical Research. You need to come to the reunion. I can’t tell it all. All I can say is it’s amazing. Another one that married in the family but not blood like sings with the Mighty Clouds of Joy, Ron Staples. Haven’t had contact with him lately, I guess he is still in the family, but stays in contact with the other famous family members. It is so much I am not telling, because it is too much. I invite you to attend the reunion first hand and find out this amazing story. We believe it was a divine intervention to meet the white slaveowners descendents. I did not know the descendents and they did not know me but yet out of thin air we met on the streets. amazing.