Sean Combs reacts to the news that his third-great-grandfather was free in Maryland, which was a slave state at the time in 1850. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. tells Sean Combs how rare it is for African-American guests on Finding Your Roots to have free ancestors during the mid-1800s.

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Finding Your Roots Season Eight

Today’s most compelling personalities discover the surprising stories buried within their own families. Meet 21 fascinating new guests who are game-changers in their fields, with family histories that illustrate the power and diversity of the human experience. The new season premieres Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings).

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with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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