The tradition I carry on is black beekeeping, an underrepresented ancestral art form. My name is Cameron Redford; I live in Nevada City, CA; and I am an African American Apist. Bees were first domesticated in Africa, as evidenced by early Egyptian hieroglyphics and tropical East African oral histories. The history of beekeeping in America lacks mention of African diasporic peoples, which is suspect as African peoples were the backbone of all agricultural activities in the developing United States. Despite the lack of documentation it is my belief that Black Americans were integral in establishing the old world honeybee in the Americas. My mission is to honor the ancestral art of African beekeeping as well reclaim agricultural practices of African descended people in the Americas.