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I am a part of a very large maternal family from Maryland's Eastern Shore. My father and his family are originally from the Carolinas (North and South). I thank God, every day, for the parents he gave me--even if they were mid teens. My father is older than my mother.
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My published memoir. (2012).
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My maternal family's foundation . My great grandmother's 96th birthday. She is no longer with us on earth. My great grandfather passed away many years before this picture. A truly, real married couple in our family history. We all have different skin tones, but we are of the mixed-race group, Black Indians.
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Baby Me, Little Black-Indian Child. One day, on our way to church, it surprised me when my maternal grandmother called me her "chocolate doll [baby]". It was the first time I learned that I was brown skin tone (never discussed by my light-skin tone mother).
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Me Again
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And Again
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Former Marriage Years: My then-husband, and four biological kids. High-school couple and 16 yrs. of marriage relationship. I, a home-schooling mom/teacher college student/gov. employee, was given 15 min. to leave my kids and him for the local societal-experience script. -The Script in My Box: A Journal of Forgiveness.
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Former Hometown Church, Aaron Chapel (United Methodist Church). Between Edesville and City of Rock Hall, Maryland
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My Youth Choir Robe
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Childhood Home
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My Great Grandparents' Wedding Anniversary: From this union came 15 children. Pa Pa (Oscar) 4/8/1899 - 9/22/1989; Grandma (Ethel) 11/1/1900 - 9/20/2004.
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My [Maternal] Great Grandfather
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My maternal great grandfather became blind later in life. He was never able to physically see his great grandchildren. I spent quality time with him and often was his sitter, during my childhood years.
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One of our Family Reunions - great grandparents, great aunts and uncles. My grandmother is wearing white, and the only one looking in another direction :)
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This is my maternal grandmother (5/8/1939 -10/1/2016). The 2nd youngest daughter (8 girls including two deceased several months after childbirth and 7 boys) of my great grandparents. During her teen years, her black-Indian hair was so long that she would sit on it. This is the hairstyle/length that I've always known her to have. She said "her long or medium-sized hair length felt too heavy around her neck (sweat) and false teeth". She was a consistent United Methodist church member for over 65+ years, a former wife of a preacher's kid for a short time, and she also told her off-springs to think; It's okay to be a faith believer with its rituals, use the sciences and nature in your being, too. So many jobs she worked including State of Maryland Health Dept. for many years until retirement.
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These are the generations from my maternal grandmother's work. She is wearing the green shirt. Just some of my immediate family. I have four siblings on my maternal (mother's) side and three siblings on my paternal (father's) side. Of all, I am still the oldest!
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My, kids (the twins), they do grow up fast.
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My half-brother (maternal) and his three girls.
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My half-sister (maternal).
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My half-sister's kids (three of five including one deceased).
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My half-brother's (male of twin set) son.
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