Our Folks’ Tales is a site dedicated to telling the stories of enslaved people, free people of color, and the descendants of these individuals. Here, you’ll find updates on genealogical, historical, and archaeological research that people are undertaking to recover, uncover, and publicize the accomplishments of African Americans, stories that have long been neglected, hidden, or simply unknown.
People of African descent built the foundations of the United States, and yet we as a nation often relegate their role to something we celebrate only once a year or that is only worthy of being celebrated by people who identify as African American. I’m hoping to change that just a bit with this site because I believe that ALL Americans – all people in fact – owe a debt of gratitude, wealth, and freedom to these people. This is my small way of paying tribute.
I will be sharing some of my own research findings – about my family members who were free people of color and about the research I do on enslaved communities in Virginia.
My hope is that through this site people will find information to help them in their own genealogical inquiries, inspiration for their own lives, and a greater understanding of the foundational importance of African American people in the history, culture, and very identity of all America.