Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage Presentation

September 11, 2021

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Middle Peninsula African-American Genealogical and Historical Society (MPAAGHS) invites you to a virtual meeting on Saturday, September 11, at 11:00 AM (Eastern Time). The meeting will feature a talk by historian and author Ric Murphy about the Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage (SDUSMP), a lineage society for descendants of individuals enslaved in English colonial America and the United States of America from 1619 to 1865.

SDUSMP is dedicated to the memory, education, and historic preservation of the artifacts and landmarks of slavery in the United States and its economic, psychological, and cultural impact on today's society.The organization promotes the connection of descendants of enslaved people of African descent to their ancestors through genealogy research. It also proclaims, through education, the role played by Africans forcibly brought to the United States in creating our nation, and collects, protects, and preserves the materials necessary for a complete history of slavery.

Mr. Murphy's talk will focus on the creation and purpose of the SDUSMP, reasons for joining a lineage society, and the process for joining this organization. He will discuss the documentation required to establish lineal descent from an enslaved person.

Ric Murphy is an acclaimed historian, scholar, educator, and lecturer. As an award-winning and prolific author, he has written numerous books and explores the rich tapestry of African-American history by weaving together the personal and heroic stories of amazing men and women, and their rich and remarkable contributions to American history. Mr. Murphy's lineage has been evaluated and accepted by several heredity societies, including the Daughters of the American Revolution; the National Society of the Sons of Colonial New England; the Sons of the American Revolution; the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War; the Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage; and the Society of the First African Families of English America. Mr. Murphy, who was a Resident Fellow at Harvard University Kennedy School, earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts and a Master's degree from Boston University.

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