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McMasters’ Will: The Scheme That Made Us Virtually Free - free webinar by Calvin Dark now online for limited time


The recording of today's African Diaspora Webinar Series webinar by Calvin Dark, "McMasters’ Will: The Scheme That Made Us Virtually Free" is now available to view at for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

Calvin Dark presents the story of his Great-Great Grandfather, Aaron McMasters, born enslaved around 1814 in North Carolina. When he was 20 years old, he convinced his master and biological father, Simeon McMasters, to free him but North Carolina law wouldn’t allow it. This presentation will shed light on aspects of slavery (including manumission, emancipation, anti-slavery vs. abolitionist groups, Underground Railroad, Quakers, and Black Codes), Reconstruction, and African American history in North Carolina that are lesser-known and largely omitted from mainstream teaching and discourse about the period. The presentation will also provide tips and lessons learned for using genetic genealogy to uncover and discover valuable family history.

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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 20 minute recording of "McMasters’ Will: The Scheme That Made Us Virtually Free" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time.

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