JESSUP WHITE: Well, I feel that I was actually called to do this work. I feel that the ancestors pulled me out of my hometown, my beloved hometown, Washington, D.C., to come to Richmond Virginia, which is just 70 miles from Charlottesville, so that I could become a vehicle for them, so that I could express as well as I possibly could what they were not able to. Because they were extraordinary people, and they need to be heard, and their lives have been forgotten. They weren't even considered human beings. So that I'm able to work at Monticello, that I'm able to accentuate because I'm a physical presence of who those people who were in prison there were, then it is the greatest privilege and honor of my life to be able to do so. I can't imagine being anyplace else.
MARTIN: How do you reconcile for yourself those contradictions which live in you I mean, the fact that your ancestors owned and in many ways mistreated horribly some of your other ancestors, and that contradiction lives in you. How do you think about that
JESSUP WHITE: Well, it really is representative of who we are as Americans and how we've at times mistreated each other. I grew up as a Black American and proud of it. I'm very comfortable with who I am and take complete ownership of my place in society and as a descendant of enslaved people. I don't apologize for my - the behavior of my ancestors. As people say, it is what it is. But what I am committed to doing is to raise the visibility of those people who didn't have a voice. And so I don't work at reconciling who my white ancestors were and who my Black ancestors were. I work at giving attention to those who never had it. That's my job. That's why I'm at Monticello. And that's why I wrote this book.
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Each year, and rightfully so, we pause to pay honor and tribute to our pioneer ancestors. We keep alive the memory of what they accomplished in carving from the hostile wilderness a place of beauty and refuge where they were free to worship God as they desired. We remember the hardships and adversities they suffered as they became homeless, hungry and cold refugees on the plains and in the mountains of America. Tens of thousands trekked westward, following their prophet-leader halfway across the continent.The names and places along the way are indelibly etched in our minds - Sugar Creek, Garden Grove, Mount Pisgah, Council Bluffs, Kanesville, Winter Quarters, Independence Rock, Rocky Ridge, Emigration Canyon and all the other places as they wearily trod from Nauvoo, Ill., to their promised land in the Great Basin.
Recently, a man was telling his friend about one of his pioneer ancestors. He spoke of his ancestor's accomplishments in terms of praise and gratitude. It was obvious that the man was proud of his ancestor for the legacy he left and held him in high esteem.
Are we living the type of lives that would make our ancestors proud of us Are we doing the things that would bring honor to the name of those who paid such a dear price for the blessings we now enjoy Are we preserving what they cherished and held sacred
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Even though Maine is a small, sparsely populated state in an out-of-the-way location, many genealogists find that they have ancestors who lived in Maine. There are resources available for tracing Maine ancestors, despite a late start to vital records registration. This presentation will cover the most commonly used resources for research in the Pine Tree State. 59ce067264