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January 1, 2013 marks the 150 year anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation that end the institution of slavery in America. The freedom bell rung with a loud sound that pentrated the ears of millions of enslaved Africans and African American people, whom were emancipated from the tight grips of slavery throughout the rebellious states. My maternal great, great grandfather Robert Harrell waited all his life to hear the freedom bell ring. He and his family was now free. His son Alexander Harrell was born in 1859 and at the young age of four years old he was now set free.
Jasper Harrell, Sr., my grandfather was the youngest son of Alexander Harrell. I often wonder if my great grandfather Alexander talked to his children about slavery and what his father Robert told him, if anything at all.
Where was your enslaved ancestors when the freedom bell rung? Did your grandparents ever talk to you about the stories that were passed down to them? What did they tell you? What happen to your family upon receiving their freedom?
Please join host Antoinette Harrell and Dr. Okpara Nosakhere for this upcoming discussion.
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