A Slave Auction in the South (Theodore Davis/Library of Congress)
In the previous post in this series, I introduced you to my mother, Wylene, and her desire to discover her family lineage and history as an African American woman in the United States. In this post, I present to you my family narrative and lineage from 1798 to 1922 in the timeline below. It tells the story of a family born into slavery and denied the freedom granted by the will of a slave owner at her death, only to obtain legal freedom at the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. I give gratitude for the work started before me by E. W. McDonald in his book, The LaCroix Descendants, 1611-1991: From France Via Quebec to Central Louisiana. This is, by no means, a complete history. My family is certainly not defined by legal slave documents or slavery. However, it is my hope that my family, in knowing their narrative, will draw strength from having gone through such an ordeal and from having a greater awareness of what has led us to this point. I hope the same for any that read my family’s narrative.
You can move forward or backward in the the timeline below by hovering over the right or left side and clicking on the gray bar that appears. Within many of the items in the timeline you can use your mousepad to scroll down to see more content.
In my next post, I’ll be sharing my and my mother’s response and reflections to discovering our family narrative.
Post and Timeline by Lakisha David.