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150 Years Later: Broken Ties Mended Paperback – July 28, 2011
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About the Author
Author Melvin J. Collier, a former archivist, historian, genealogist, and a former civil engineer, has been conducting historical and genealogical research for nearly two decades. He was only 19 years old when he began a quest to trace the histories of his family. His first book, Mississippi to Africa, A Journey of Discovery, was published in 2008. A native of Canton, Mississippi, Collier appeared on the NBC show, Who Do You Think You Are, as one of the expert genealogists of the Spike Lee episode in 2010. He continues to give numerous workshops and presentations on historical and genealogical subjects. Collier received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University. He also earned a Master of Arts degree in African-American Studies from Clark Atlanta University, 2008. Melvin Collier can be reached at MelvinJCollierATyahoo.com. Replace AT with @.
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150 years ago, when American Slavery was still going strong, Melvin Collier's ancestors was separated by way of the horrific slave trade. In 1859 in Abbeville, South Carolina, 12 year old Bill Reed, Melvin's great grandfather, watched his father, then his mother, grandmother and other family members be sold away; never to be seen again. Never to lay eyes upon again.
Mr. Collier was able to research the ensuing family lines, through census records, wills, inventory records of slave owners, etc. and track down the descendants and bring them together in an epic family reunion 150 years later in downtown Abbeville, South Carolina. Bill Reed can now rest more easily because of the efforts of his great grandson and others carrying his blood.
`150 Years Later', is so important on so many levels. It tells us what can be gleaned about family history if you speak to the elders. It gives us insights and tips on how you can be successful with our own research. It teaches us about chattel American Slavery - and lets us know that we can have feelings about that peculiar institution. The book tells us of the importance of family; keeping it together and, just as important, putting it back together, no matter how long ago it was broken.
Melvin J. Collier has done a masterful job in telling his story, showing his research methods, and revealing his heart. If you are a genealogist, family historian, or simply looking for a good book to read, then add '150 Years later, Broken Ties Mended' to your library.
Peace & Blessings,
"Guided by the Ancestors"
I am beyond words I don't even know where to start. Your story our story is so amazing, I don't even want it to end I'm on page 88. So far you have weaved us in the bosom of your Grannies arms with this full of love. Oh! the work it took to get done. Thank you for allowing me to come into your world and make mine and even hopefully keep claiming the challenge to get beyond, you can do it, so can I! LOve the pics and personal stories and the journey was sweet and heartwrenching all in one. So Proud of it, it's just as it should be you telling the stories for your people and I know the Heavenly Father along with your Ancestors were truly leading and guiding you on. It was a easy read, the language I was so familiar with. The Expressions. It said it all wrapped up beautiful just for the non genealogist to understand. Love it! So Proud of You.Our work is never totally finished. So with that,
Love, True A!