Cincinnati

REFLECTIONS: The HALEY Farm & My Road Home… Still Following The Signs!

Alex Haley Farm - Clinton, TNLooking forward to rising early tomorrow to spend the day watching Alex Haley’s ROOTS with the kids. I haven’t seen ROOTS in many years, and this will be the kids first time! Many of the things I appreciate most about life today, I discovered on the HALEY Farm. 

Hoping we’ll have time to visit once again on our trip to the Tennessee State Museum in February to view the Slaves and Slaveholders of Wessyngton Plantation Exhibit, and to visit with Aunts Hannah and Lena in Cincinnati too.

Yes, it’s time to journey home!:)

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Original Post 18 July 2011: Sentimental Sunday: The Road Home… Still Following The Signs!

It’s been almost 6 years since I traveled I-75 North heading to Cincinnati, Ohio. Although my Georgia and Alabama family roots reach deep, I was raised in Cincinnati, so the trip home is always warm and familiar.

I hadn’t planned this journey but I see now that doesn’t make it any less predestined. I was supposed to make this trip… at this time.

For the first time, I was blessed to experience the 157 acre Alex Haley Farm in Clinton, Tennessee all by myself — well sorta — […]

NEW YEAR’S EVE WATCH-NIGHT SERVICE: Do You Remember?:)

Watch-NightService ~ CoAAG 5TH ED: REBIRTH

I have such vivid memories of being a young girl in Cincinnati, preparing with my family to attend Watch Night Service on News Years Eve! Our churches at the time — Zion Temple First Pentecostal in Avondale (Elder Jasper PHILLIPS) and in later years, Tryed Stone Missionary Baptist Church in Bond Hill (Rev. Anderson CULBRETH).

I remember Watch Service as being celebratory, lively and SAFE! Where celebration and praise, were often followed by good food and fellowship! It was the selective choice of those opting for church family over strangers to welcome in a New Year!

Til this day, there’s only been 1 time in my adult life I’ve brought a New Year in at a party vs. being surrounded by family at home — and even then I still remember feeling out of sorts!:)

Until today, I had NO idea that the origin of Watch Service started with the Slaves, but it doesn’t surprise me! So much of what we define as cultural practice are artifacts of our Ancestors! Here’s what I learned via a Christian Leaders News post — New Year’s Eve Watch Night Service: Slaves Started it.

The History:

At the stroke of midnight on December 31, 1862,  the new year was ushered in … and at 12:01 AM, on January 1, 1863,

ALL SLAVES IN THE CONFEDERATE STATES WERE DECLARED LEGALLY FREE.

Many of you who live or grew up in Black […]

What Story Does It Tell? Homecoming First Baptist Church 1935 ~ Cuminsville, Cincinnati OH

First Baptist Church ~ Cinti, OH

I discovered this 1935 Home Coming image of the First Baptist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio among family images I inherited from my Maternal Grandmother, Fannie Louella BARWICK.  I believe this image belonged to my Great Uncle Jake, the Rev. Ronald JACKSON Sr., my Grandmother’s baby brother who died in 1981. There’s a small amount of writing on the front and nothing on the back.

How I’d love to know the story behind the beautiful picture of such a proud congregation! Who among the crowd looking out is connected to me?

Home Coming
First Baptist Church Cuminsville, Cincinnati, OH
Oct 13, 1935
Rev. D.G. SHELTON Pastor

What story does the 1935 Homecoming of the First Baptist Church of Cuminsville tell?

Join us friends for REBIRTH the 5th Edition of the Carnival of African American Genealogy!

It’s time for us to tell our own stories, so no one will EVER have need to ask that question!

It’s time for REVIVAL!:)

Luckie

Oral History: BARWICK Sisters Reminisce About Their Rosie Lee!:)

Hannah & Lena BARWICKThis morning I woke with the goal of doing one thing — calling my Great Aunts Hannah BARWICK SLAUGHTER and Rev. Lena BARWICK HALL in Cincinnati! My Great Aunts are 92.5 and 91.5 years old respectively. They are the younger sisters, of Mom’s Father, William C. BARWICK.

I needed to alert my Aunts to the parcel that will show up at their doors soon. They needed the “story” of how I came into possession of a Rensler’s image, that I believe is their baby sister, Rosie Lee BARWICK.

I reached Aunt Lena first and what she shared allowed me to clearly see the real reason why Rosia Lee’s image flowed into my hands via an unwitting PhotoSmith from Cincinnati.

From Aunt Lena I learned their sister Rosie Lee (b. Jan 5 1929) was named after Aunt “Rosie” BARWICK (b. 1895) and Uncle Leroy “Lee” BARWICK (my Great Grandfather Raymond BARWICK’s siblings). That she was very sickly and died 1 day after her 11th birthday on January 6 1940 (confirmed by Ohio Death Certifcate). Although Rosie Lee’s cause of death was unknown, Aunt Lena told me the family always believed it was Tuberculosis. Aunt Lena said Rosie Lee’s personality was very much like their Aunt Rosie’s and that she was 18 years old, graduating from Woodward High School, when Rosie Lee passed.

Aunt Lena also shared that she thinks of Rosie Lee often and because there are no pictures of her, she can’t see Rosie […]

ANCESTORS: Rensler’s Studio Images {Not Related}

Rensler's Photography StudioRensler’s Photography Studio {605 and 925 Vine Street} in Cincinnati, Ohio  was one of few studios willing to photograph African-American people at the turn of the century. After 83 years in business, Rensler’s closed its doors in 1989.

Both my Cincinnati (BARWICK & MCKENZIE descent) and Washington-Wilkes (WINGFIELD & DORSEY descent) Ancestors were photographed there, and I’ve been blessed to inherit many of their images that are so special to me.

Due to my interest in these rare vintage images, I’ve also been blessed to “inherit” Rensler images of Ancestors who though not related to me, are also very special. I would love to place these images in the hands of their descendants!

I’ll continue to post as I get them in the hope a face or name will spark familiar with one of my visitors, and we’ll be able to send these Ancestors home. I’ve been researching a VERY long time, trust me… stranger things have happened!:)

Luckie

Rosa Lee ~ Rensler's Photography StudioBack of image: To uncle with love Rosia Lee

Unknown Rensler 1

Unknown Rensler 3Back of image: Rensler’s Jul 18 1970 925 Vine St.