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Genealogist reveals peonage by Georgia Roman Catholic priest

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This episode of Nurturing Our Roots is a mandatory course requirement for, African-Americans and 20th-Century Slavery, being taught by Professor Clare Washington of Portland State University.  Please join Professor Washington and Host, Genealogist, and Peonage researcher, Antoinette Harrell and also Peonage blogger, researcher, and Co-Host Robin Foster as we teach about the concepts of peonage and the impact it had on African-Americans. 

We will discuss correspondence that Genealogist and Peonage reseacher, Antoinette Harrell, found in the National Archives addressed to  President Warren G. Harding disclosing the news that 65,000 girls were lost or went missing between 1920 and 1921 in Savannah, Georgia.  According the findings, a "great majority of these girls were captured by Catholic priests and sentenced to slavery in the Houses of the Good Shepherd,"  a private homes for girls under the stewardship of Bishop Benjamin Keiley.

(See Genealogist reveals Georgia Roman Catholic priests held slaves in 1921).

Students are required to call in to share insights while our valued regular guests listen and post questions and comments in the Nurturing Our Roots Chat Room.