Organizations Acknowledge George Washington’s Biracial Family Tree
September 19, 2016

After 200 years of rumors, two organizations have recognized the African-American descendants of the first U.S. president’s step-grandson (and adopted son). Read More

A Quick Guide to Researching African-American Roots
May 26, 2016

If ROOTS has you inspired to explore your slave ancestry, here are some recommendations of places to start. Read More

The Ex-Slaves Who Fought with the British
May 24, 2016

While the patriots battled for freedom from Great Britain, upwards of 20,000 runaway slaves declared their own personal independence and fought on the side of the British. Read More

Upcoming Auction Spans 200 Years of U.S. History
May 23, 2016

The Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment, both signed by Abraham Lincoln, are the most significant among an impressive array of historic documents going up for auction this week. Read More

The Last American Slave Ship
May 15, 2016

A half-century after Congress banned the slave trade, a converted racing yacht defied American law in 1858 and made the last documented voyage of an American slave ship. Read More

Remembering “Roots”
February 11, 2016

Nearly 40 years after the premiere of “Roots” captivated the nation, take a look back at the cultural phenomenon and its lasting legacy. Read More

New DNA Techniques Help Scientists Find Origins of African Slaves
February 5, 2016

Thanks to advances in genetic technology, scientists are using DNA from long-buried human remains to trace the origins of African slaves brought to the New World. Read More

Underground Railroad Conductor Pardoned 168 Years After Conviction
November 3, 2015

Inside the same room where he was convicted in 1847 for helping fellow African-Americans escape slavery, Samuel Burris yesterday received a pardon from Delaware’s governor. Read More

Congress Passes 13th Amendment, 150 Years Ago
January 30, 2015

Look back 150 years ago when Congress approved the 13th Amendment, which officially abolished slavery in the United States. Read More

Lincoln’s Peoria Speech, 160 Years Later
October 16, 2014

Find out more about the speech that resuscitated Abraham Lincoln’s political career and launched him towards the presidency, 160 years ago today. Read More