Valentine's Day Update

Feb. 11 - Richmond City Council voted to approve changing the name of "The Boulevard" to "Arthur Ashe Boulevard." Of those who voiced an opinion about the resolution before the vote was taken, the overwhelming majority favored its passage. This was a low-hanging-fruit opportunity pushed by councilwoman Kimberley Gray in her own district, and could also be seen as a first response to the demands made by the Defenders for City Council to "Do Something" about the statues on Monument Avenue. Nothing has been done with those recommendations since the report was issued in July 2018.

Feb. 11 - The Sacred Ground Project endorsed the African American Burial Ground Network Act introduced to the House of Representatives at 2:30 pm on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. Sponsored by Congresswoman Alma Adams of South Carolina and Congressman Donald McEachin of Virginia. Download the fact sheet here.

Feb. 14 - Opening of Monument Avenue: General Demotion / General Devotion exhibition at The Valentine museum. Go see the 70 conceptual ideas that were the product of the competition conducted by VCU MOB and Storefront for Community Design. More info about the competition at www.monumentavenuedgd.com

Feb. 22 - Plan to attend No to War, NATO & Racism! U.S. Hands Off Venezuela! See details and RSVP at the Facebook event page. Sixty percent of all Venezuelans claim some African blood, and Afro-Venezuelan culture is acknowledged as an important component of national identity. 10-12 % are fully African. What is happening in Venezuela is part of the historical African Diaspora experience at play today. Please come for this discussion on the context behind what is happening in Venezuela and why we should care.


REMARKABLE Genealogy Resource for VA, NC, MD, DE

This is a remarkable, transcribed compilation of colonial era records for free black families!

The history of the free African American community as told through the family history [names] of most African Americans (emphasis A. Edwards) who were free in the Southeast during the colonial period. Winner: The American Society of Genealogists' Donald Lines Jacobus Award and The North Carolina Genealogical Society Award of Excellence in Publishing. [Based on] Two books you can read on-line containing about 2,700 pages of family histories based on all colonial court order and minute books on microfilm at the state archives of Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and Delaware (over 1000 volumes), tax lists, wills, deeds, free Negro registers, marriage bonds, parish registers, Revolutionary War pension files, etc. There are also another 5,000 pages of abstracted colonial tax lists, Virginia personal property tax lists, under "Colonial Tax Lists..." Send questions and comments to paulheineggATgmail.com substitute @ for AT. http://www.freeafricanamericans.com

From the introduction to the book by Ira Berlin, and keeping in mind that from the 17th century children inherit the "condition" of their mother--slave or free, here's a chart you might find noteworthy:

Table 1. Descendancy of Free African American Families in This Genealogy: Virginia and North Carolina
[from] White servant women379
[from] Freed slaves50
[from] Indians29
[from] White men19