fascinating story of Emiline Watts Brewer, her great
grandmother who lived and toiled as a slave on a Mount
Croghan, South Carolina farm. She is the founder of
Brewer Center For Slavery and Genealogical Research
and author of Children Go
Where I Send Thee: The Brewers Uncover Their Roots.
Hear the words and
post-Civil War, Congressional testimonies of former slaves who
also were on
a court deed that gave 50 acres of land to Emiline's
how Nivens was able to crack the genealogical code
and learn the full name of Emiline's slave owner and
father-Thomas H. Watts as well as extensive Brewer
From Lincolnís signing of the Emancipation
that freed slaves in Southern Confederate states to African American
rule in South Carolina for eight years, Nivens tells an
incredible story of former slaves' fortitude and
their desire to overcome the cruelties of slavery to
build new lives.
this 150th year of the signing of the
Emancipation Proclamation, you will listen to Nivens as she tells of
survival during Reconstruction. It is a story of how the
Brewers were able to persevere enough to give a plot
of land to each of their 11 children and provide a
legacy that educated countless scores of future
generations. One story is how Emiline and Robert
Brewer's grandsons became doctors, a dentist and
pharmacist one generation out of slavery.
also tells the meetings between the Brewers and
Watts family members (descendants of Thomas H.
Watts) in both 2011 and 2012.
story details how the descendants of Thomas H. Watts-- Emiline's slave owner
and father contacted her via email leading to two
meetings of the families to promote racial harmony and
tribute to her great grandparents-Robert and Emiline
Brewer, Nivens has compiled all of her family's
genealogy in a 190-page book entitled Children
Go Where I Send Thee: The Brewers Uncover Their Roots.
The Brewer Family
website is http://robertandemilinebrewer.net.