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My Alabama Shaw Family on My Father’s Side From 1861-2014

Today, I begin the series about my Alabama Shaw family from 1861-2014. In the first conversations, I talk about my Great Grandmother Mother Julie who was born in slavery and freed in slavery in 1861, two years before the Emancipation Proclamation.

Posted July 19, 2016

Annie Shaw-Barnes, Ph.D.
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Hi everyone,

Starting with my great grandmother, Julie, I traced my family life story through six generations of my Shaw family on the East Coast of the United States.

Great Grandmother Julie was born in slavery and freed in 1861 in Cohassett, located in rural Conecuh County, in south central Alabama.

She had been separated from her family on the auction block, like most other Negro families during slavery, but her good master gave her freedom, but he did not teach her how to live a good free life with a husband and children.

Most of us learn what we know because we have been taught or there was available material, and we read, and learned the thing we needed to do or were pursuing for leisure time.

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