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A Book Signing and a Celebration at Tompkins Library

Authors of Our Ancestors, Our Stories – left to right,  Ellen Butler, Vincent Sheppard, Ethel Dailey, Harris Bailey, and Bernice Bennett. Doug Timmerman, President of OEDGS is standing behind the podium.

Authors of Our Ancestors, Our Stories – left to right,  Ellen Butler, Vincent Sheppard, Ethel Dailey, Harris Bailey, and Bernice Bennett. Doug Timmerman, President of OEDGS is standing behind the podium.

At a book signing on Sunday, April 27th at the Tompkins Library, the five authors of Our Ancestors, Our Stories explained to a standing-room-only audience how their long journey to find their ancestors ended up in Edgefield, South Carolina.  Their book chronicles years of research and the emotional result of finding their slave ancestors and following them through their walks in life from slavery to freedom.

Most African Americans who are researching their family tree find it almost impossible to go beyond the 1870 census.  Prior to that, during the past five years of freedom, former slaves often changed their surname.  It is a testament to their persistent research that the authors of Our Ancestors Our Stories were able to go well beyond the 1870 barrier into the antebellum years of slavery.

The book is written from the heart and soul of five very different authors whose strong desire to tell their stories will leave a lasting legacy to the African American experience in Edgefield County.

The book is on sale at the Tompkins Library on the Square for $23.00.  An additional fee of $4.00 will be added if the book is being mailed.

 

2 Responses to A Book Signing and a Celebration at Tompkins Library

  1. BBennett

    May 1, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful article. The Memory Keepers are very thankful to the Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society for the support we have received in promoting our new boom. It is our hope
    that others will be inspired by Our Ancestors, Our Stories to also share their stories and/or to recognize the wealth of genealogical documents available at the Society and the Edgefield Archives to advance their research efforts. We will continue to praise the good work of the OEDGS and look forward to the Showcase in September .

  2. BBennett

    May 1, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful article. The Memory Keepers are very thankful to the Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society for the support we have received in promoting our new book. It is our hope
    that others will be inspired by Our Ancestors, Our Stories to also share their stories and/or to recognize the wealth of genealogical documents available at the Society and the Edgefield Archives to advance their research efforts. We will continue to praise the good work of the OEDGS and look forward to the Showcase in September .