Cousins by Blood, Friendship by Choice

Nkrumah History, My Life 3 Comments

Tonight my family and I were dinner guests at Wavering Place, an old plantation founded in 1768 near Hopkins, South Carolina where four generations of my grandmothers lived and worked as slaves when they were emancipated in 1865.
The reason I was there tonight was because 181 years ago, in 1835, Joel Robert Adams and my 4th great grandmother, one of his slaves, Sarah Jones Adams had a daughter, Louisa.
Louisa had Octavia.
Octavia had James.
James had my grandfather JD.
JD had my mother Linda.
And now 181 years later, after almost two centuries, my mother and father, my two sons, my wife and myself sat down in that very house and broke bread with the descendant of those who owned members of my family.
We are cousins by blood.
And tonight we took the first steps together towards also becoming friends.

Comments 3

  1. AmbyFlan

    This is such a inspiring story! It is wonderful that you were able to trace your family’s legacy back to the plantation that your ancestors once lived as slaves. I believe that doing so honors our ancestors’ strength to survive and the triumph of the African American people. I am interested in learning more about how you were able to trace your legacy. I have some information about my family legacy and I am interested in tracing it back as far as possible. I would love to learn more about your process.

  2. seader

    This is the story that brought me to your sight… I am going to surf around and see what it’s all about. Very refreshing to see. 🙂 We all have no control over who our ancestors are, but we do have control over who we are today.


    Nkrumah, I read the article about you and your cousin’s re-union and dinner. It was an article I have been waiting to read since I came to the US from Sri Lanka inn 1971! I came to Ohio and moved to SC in 1976. It is in SC that I saw the racial division. Coming from another country and culture I am able to see from a view that is different from people who have lived here all their lives.
    Your article IS the HOPE the US needs to continue to find life away from hatred and destruction of lives.
    Wow! You have found the answer about real freedom. At this present time you are giving the answer to those who are seeking real freedom in life!
    I would love to be in touch with you if that is possible. I want to support you in what you are stating about freedom. Please contact me if possible through email so I can also keep in touch with you and your family if that is possible. Thank you for being who you are and for sharing it with others.

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