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Big Family Search Project with Pamela Bailey

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Pamela Bailey is a nationally published author, a singer-songwriter, and a self-described Carolina Daughter. She is descended from enslaved people from the Pee Dee region of South Carolina. Pamela earned her MFA Degree in Non-fiction Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte, North Carolina, and her undergraduate degree in Business Marketing from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, South Carolina

Pamela has created a project called the Big Family Search, and she is using social media, DNA testing, and accessible technology to reunite descendants from various branches of her ancestral family.  Their South Carolina ancestors were separated by forced migration between the Revolutionary War and the Civil War when the domestic slave trade boomed at the end of the Transatlantic Slave Trade around 1808. She is creating a documentary project about her family’s reunification in an effort to shed light on this important, but often neglected part of American history.