Finding Your Roots

Lena Waithe Discovers Her First Free, Post-Slavery Ancestor

Clip: Season 8 Episode 7 | 1m 36s | Video has closed captioning.

ā€œIā€™m filled with gratitude for all of these amazing human beings who lived and worked and raised their children and fought, and survived.ā€ Lena Waithe after reading the birth record of her great-great grandfather, the first person on her family tree to be born free after the abolishment of slavery.

Aired: 02/15/22

Rating: NR

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