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Family History

Today, one of the matriarchs of my family passed on.

Her mother, who passed in 1996, wrote my family history- A History of the Willis Family of Wilkes County, GA.

Today's passing brings with it the loss of information, history, and stories that are now irretrievable.

Last week while in Savannah, I took the African-American History Tour hosted by Dr. Jamal Toure (who I will put in a shameless plug for, if you're ever in Savannah, take his tour, you won't regret it).

I was fortunate to have a one-on-one conversation with Dr. Toure, apart from the tour. Our dialogue centered around knowing the importance of family history because the family story is your story. In Dr. Toure's words "With every funeral, we lose a piece of our history."

The passing of my cousin really brings it home. There is no telling how much family history her historian mother shared with her. Stories, ancestor's names, encounters, and struggles that we may not have the privilege of hearing again. Let alone, a chance to record and document.

Today, the Willis and Andrews family lost more of its history.

Your family's history is your history. Their story is your story. We are all products of our family. We need to know our history, document it, reflect on it, and pass it on to subsequent generations.



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