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Sold on the Courthouse Steps | International African American Museum (IAAM) An auction block at a commercial slave market is probably the most common visual that comes to mind when you think of people being separated from families during enslavement.

An auction block at a commercial slave market is probably the most common visual that comes to mind when you think of people being separated from families during enslavement.

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Tracing Your Roots: My ‘Merikin’ Ancestor Escaped Slavery – The Root Researching those who chose to fight for the British and emigrate to Trinidad in order to be free.

Henry Louis Gates Jr. & NEHGS Researcher Meaghan E.H. Siekman | The Root Dear Professor Gates: I was wondering if you could help identify the parents of my five-times great-grandfather Ezekiel Loney, who was among the “Merikins” (formerly enslaved African-American soldiers who fought for the British) who settled in Trinidad. Ezekiel (born 1787) is one of three enslaved men from the Corotoman Plantation in Virginia who fled in April 1814. Several days later they guided the British back to free their families and friends. Ezekiel and his sister Fanny (born 1771) left for Trinidad with Ezekiel’s wife, Nelly Mars, and […]

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