Folklore Slave Father

Slave Father

Jerry Brooks

Folklore Drownings

Mine Drownings

William Isaac Brooks

Folklore Indian Heritage

Indian Heritage

Julia Smyre

We’ve Come This Far By Faith
Back Folklore Dixon-Whitworth Name

Dixon/Whitworth Slaves

George  Whitworth

Connecting The Dots

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“Mama Lily”

Lily Brooks Whitworth

1893 - 1986

“Daddy Bruce”

Clifton, Bruce Whitworth, Sr.

1891 - 1989

  Folklore is often the first clue or “dot”  to begin recovering your African-American history. Without corroboration, folklore is interesting,  but, like fiction, it is without credibility. While it cannot be taken at face value, it should never be discounted until proven completely false. However, it rarely proves to be entirely true. It is usually a frustrating mixture of tarnished and/or embellished truth. To get at the historical core of folklore, one must search for other “dots” of family folklore and public records. Grandparents’ folklore, as in my case, may come relatively easy, while that of  great aunts and second cousins may require much more effort of a different kind. Certain public records are hard to locate, particularly for African-Americans, both slave and free.  But as you find these dots, you will likely make the connections and your history will become clearer.