finding your roots

Tio Luis

Vivian May 24, 2012

My name is Vivian Romero born in the US both my parents born in Dominican Republic. My whole life I have heard stories about the era of Trujillo and how one of my uncles, on my mothers side in particular was part of the 14 De Junio Movement; and was on the run at times. Aside from that my mother who is now pushing 80 worked for Trujillo himself in one of his mansions during his dictatorship, my family suffered as many did in that time especially due to my uncles involvement which led for some of my family members to be detained by his regime in order to gain more information on his whereabouts. There are alot of holes, my uncle is no longer here to tell the story himself so I can only go by information fed to me by uncles and mother of course which at times is not clear. I can’t find any information on my uncle at all it’s like he didn’t exist which is crazy so I am going to continue to search in hopes of finding answers to all my questions. I know he was very well respected among those who shared his views as well as being well known for his efforts in the small town of the DR where many of my family members still live.

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The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of the new 10-part PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the 12th series from Professor Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. Filmed on location across the United States, the series premieres nationally Sundays, March 25 – May 20 at 8 pm ET on PBS (check local listings).

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