Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

21/3/2007

Beyond the grave

Barbara Willis-Brown stands in a windswept graveyard in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside reading the inscription on a headstone that is more than 300 years old. It is not the age of the grave that is as surprising as whose it is – a female slave called Myrtilla. This is Willis-Brown’s third visit to the grave. On her first, she laid flowers in remembrance of “this lone Black woman who died in 1705 so far from home”. On the second, she promised to uncover her story, and what it means for the modern British black identity. for more click here

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