Basically Verla, You Are African
On the National Geographic Journey of Man Expedition March/April 2012 I learned that my ancient mother did not leave Africa until slavery. Earlier on the trip I introduced myself to Spencer Wells with these words, “I’m Verla Chaddick. I’m an L3.” His response was, “That’s very interesting; we need to talk.”
When we met and Dr. Wells reviewed my DNA report, he said, “Basically, Verla, you are African”. To which I replied, “Of course we are all came from Africa.” He then revealed to me that my dear mother ancestor arrived in the New World, a slave, Spencer speculates from Angola.
I had no idea that slavery was a part of my grandmother’s history. I don’t know how many generations ago my African mother was enslaved , or the story of how she became a free person. There was never any mention of an slave ancestor, but then, as I think back on conversations with my grandmother, about our heritage, she was if not invasive, certainly not definitive. I would like to know more.