African Heritage Social at RootsTech 2018

March 2, 2018

Join Us for a Special Evening

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Regina Mason

African Heritage Social Invite

We are pleased to invite you to attend a social celebrating African heritage in conjunction with RootsTech, the largest family history conference in the world. This special event will be a “don’t-miss” networking opportunity for all who attend, and it will feature special guest speaker Regina Mason, who recovered a forgotten, yet precedent-setting, memoir written by her great-great-great-grandfather, William Grimes, who authored the first fugitive slave narrative in U.S. history. Ms. Mason will discuss how she took history into her own hands by tracing Grimes’s steps and publishing a new, authoritative edition of her ancestors work. Ms. Mason is also Executive Producer of the award winning film documentary Gina’s Journey: The Search for William Grimes.

Light refreshments will be served.

Date: Friday, March 2, 2018
Time: 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Place: Salt Palace Convention Center, Room 355B


5:30–5:45 p.m.      Introductions

5:45–6:15 p.m.      Speaker, Regina Mason          

6:15–7:15 p.m.      Meet and greet, refreshments, book signing with Ms. Mason

7:15–7:30 p.m.      Wrap-up and photos

Please feel free to bring one guest. This is a private event, and the invitation is nontransferrable. We look forward to seeing you there. For more information, email

African Heritage Sessions You Might Be Interested In

Find 14 classes, ranging from decoding plantation records to DNA testing.

Learn how to navigate the digital resources available for African American genealogy with the help of Diane Richard. Other topics on Wednesday include writing your story, discovering plantation slaves, finding your ancestors through archival research, and turning your ancestors into art.

Discover how to uncover remnants of slave plantations with Tony Burroughs, CEO of the Center for Black Genealogy. Other topics on Thursday include DNA testing, decoding freedom papers, and using technology to simplify the search for records.

Trace your slave roots through DNA testing with the help of Nicka Smith, genealogist and host of the web show BlackProGen LIVE. Other topics on Friday include understanding your DNA testing and record searching for the female felon.

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