April 2012 Blog Posts (5)

Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia

MIKE HOUSEHOLDER,Associated Press

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- The objects displayed in Michigan's newest museum range from the ordinary, such as simple ashtrays and fishing lures, to the grotesque -- a full-size replica of a lynching tree. But all are united by a common theme: They are steeped in racism so intense that it makes visitors cringe.

That's the idea behind the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, which says it has amassed…

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Added by Forum AfriGeneas on April 19, 2012 at 4:53pm — 2 Comments

AUNT IRENE AND HER SCHOOL IN THE DIRT

 The woman, on the left, was the second of 20 children of Rev. Ira and Sallie Young, my maternal grandparents. I knew Aunt Irene well after she and grandmother came North in the late 1940's to live. On 8/30/98 while researching family history at Cincinnati's public library, I was surprised by something…

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Added by Hasker Nelson Jr. on April 16, 2012 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

MY IMMEDIATE ANCESTORS

The couple in the center are my parents, Hasker Nelson Sr. and Irma Lee Young-Nelson. The two people on the left end are my father's mother and father, Mary Anne Trotter-Nelson and Coleman Nelson. On the right end are my mother's parents, Rev. Ira and Sallie Combest-Young.



I knew both my…

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Added by Hasker Nelson Jr. on April 13, 2012 at 6:29pm — No Comments

A Family Divided

A Family Divided:  Instead of doing the Genie Dance I have a sad face.

He appeared in my 23andMe Relative Finder… hmmmmmm, could it be? Well I won’t find out until I ask.  So, I shot off the following brief message

 

Me:

March 20,

 “By any chance are you related to the late - - - of New Orleans”?

Possible Cousin:

March 21,

Greetings!

My name is - and I manage the account for my grandfather - . I'll ask…

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Added by Patricia 'Pat' Armstrong Watkins on April 13, 2012 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

IN SEARCH OF MY GRANDFATHER'S GRAVE

A re-connecting with ancestors moment occurred in 1999, when I found the rural Mississippi cemetery where my paternal grandfather, Coleman Nelson is buried.

Family oral history had always said Coleman Nelson was buried in 1920 in County Line Cemetery in Jasper County, Mississippi. His daughter and my aunt Christine, in re-telling the story, shortly before she passed in 1998, used the term “County Line Baptist Church Cemetery.” That was the first…

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Added by Hasker Nelson Jr. on April 13, 2012 at 1:53pm — 11 Comments

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