When ancestry search led to escaped slave: 'All I could do was weep'

Published January 18, 2016

A segment on NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Regina Mason, whose great-great-great grandfather had been William Grimes, a runaway slave who had authored what is now considered to be the first fugitive slave narrative. Mason participated last fall in a workshop at UB for descendants of authors of slave narratives organized by Kari Winter, UB professor of transnational studies. The three-day Workshop for Descendants of Authors of Slave Narratives, held Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, was covered by The New York Times and NPR.

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