Past program: Tracing Racism Through Genealogy, with Orice Jenkins – December 4, 2021

At this Zoom presentation, Mr. Jenkins drew from his own family records to highlight the disastrous effects of the chattel slavery in our country’s past. As he told us, “My enslaved ancestors were only listed by name as the property of other people. Black genealogists are forced to uncover those names by searching the probate records of white families.”  

In this presentation, we examined the life of Albert Terrell, a man who was enslaved for 50 years on four different plantations in Georgia. DNA research unlocked the clues that showed what Albert and his family endured on these forced labor camps, which were owned by federal and state government officials.

Orice Jenkins recently moved to Western MA to be the new Executive Director of Musica Franklin, a free after-school music program for 6-14 year olds. His role as a genealogy researcher and educator comes along with that of singer-songwriter, recording artist, and performer.