Somerset homecoming: recovering a lost heritage

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In 1860, Somerset Place was one of the most successful plantations in North Carolina--and its owner one of the largest slaveholders in the state. More than 300 slaves worked the plantation's fields at the height of its prosperity; but nearly 125 years later, the only remembrance of their lives at Somerset, now a state historic site, was a lonely wooden sign marked "Site of Slave Quarters." Somerset Homecoming , first published in 1989, is the story of one woman's unflagging efforts to recover the history of her ancestors, slaves who had lived and worked at Somerset Place. Traveling down winding southern roads, through county courthouses and state archives, and onto the front porches of people willing to share tales handed down through generations, Dorothy Spruill Redford spent ten years tracing the lives of Somerset's slaves and their descendants. Her endeavors culminated in the joyous, nationally publicized homecoming she organized that brought together more than 2,000 descendants of the plantation's slaves and owners and marked the beginning of a campaign to turn Somerset Place into a remarkable resource for learning about the history of both African Americans and whites in the region.
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subject_facetAfrican American families
African Americans
African Americans -- Genealogy
African Americans -- North Carolina -- History
African Americans -- North Carolina -- Somerset Place -- History
Biography
Electronic books
Esclavage -- Caroline du Nord -- Somerset Place -- Histoire
Family histories
Family reunions
Family reunions -- North Carolina -- Somerset Place
HISTORY -- State & Local
History
Noirs américains -- Caroline du Nord -- Somerset Place -- Histoire
North Carolina -- Genealogy
North Carolina -- Somerset Place
Plantation life
Plantation life -- North Carolina -- Somerset Place -- History
Redford, Dorothy Spruill
Réunions familiales -- Caroline du Nord -- Somerset Place
Slavery
Slavery -- North Carolina -- History
Slavery -- North Carolina -- Somerset Place -- History
Somerset Place (Car. du N.) -- Biographies
Somerset Place (Car. du N.) -- Histoire
Somerset Place (N.C.) -- Biography
Somerset Place (N.C.) -- History
Spruill family
Vie dans les plantations -- Caroline du Nord -- Somerset Place -- Histoire
title_displaySomerset homecoming : recovering a lost heritage
title_fullSomerset homecoming : recovering a lost heritage / Dorothy Spruill Redford with Michael D'Orso
Somerset homecoming : recovering a lost heritage / Dorothy Spruill Redford with Michael D'Orso ; introduction by Alex Haley
Somerset homecoming : recovering a lost heritage [electronic resource] / Dorothy Spruill Redford with Michael D'Orso
title_shortSomerset homecoming
title_subrecovering a lost heritage
topic_facetAfrican American families
African Americans
Electronic books
Esclavage
Family reunions
HISTORY
Histoire
History
Noirs américains
Plantation life
Redford, Dorothy Spruill
Réunions familiales
Slavery
Spruill family
State & Local
Vie dans les plantations