Finding Your Roots

Education | Wanda Sykes’s Free Black Ancestors in the 1850s

Clip: Season 1 Episode 9 | 2m 39s

A look at the lives of Wanda Sykes’s ancestors in the 1850s and how a marriage certificate proves their free status.

Aired: 05/13/12

Rating: NR

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Major corporate support for FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR., Season Five is provided by Ancestry, Johnson & Johnson and AT&T. Major support is also provided by the Ford Foundation, Candace King Weir, the Lloyd Carney Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.