New History In The Making For These Two Families As They Eat At The Dinner Table Together!
An unlikely meeting between a slave descendant and a plantation owner descendant has finally occurred, and it only took 181 years. Nkrumah Steward, a slave descendant, and Robert Adams, a plantation owner, met for the very first time on the same South Carolina property where Steward’s family was once owned when slavery was legal in our country.
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“This was not about the past,” Steward, 44, of Canton, Michigan. “This was not about, ‘Let’s try to fix things that we can’t ever change.’ This was about, ‘My name is Nkrumah Steward,’ and ‘My name is Robert Adams, pleasure to meet you, cousin. Let’s get to know each other.’”
Steward has been writing a blog about the two and their history.
In a Facebook post, Steward writes:
“Tonight my family and I were dinner guests at Wavering Place, an old plantation founded in 1768 near Hopkins, South Carolina where four generations of my grandmothers lived and worked as slaves when they were emancipated in 1865. The reason I was there tonight was because 181 years ago, in 1835, Joel Robert Adams and my 4th great grandmother, one of his slaves, Sarah Jones Adams had a daughter, Louisa. Louisa had Octavia. Octavia had James. James had my grandfather JD. JD had my mother Linda.
“And now 181 years later, after almost two centuries, my mother and father, my two sons, my wife and myself sat down in that very house and broke bread with the descendant of those who owned members of my family,” the post continued. “We are cousins by blood. And tonight we took the first steps together towards also becoming friends.”
Steward says that the response to his meeting has been 99.99% positive, but there are some people who can’t get it through their heads that what happened in the past is in the past. One thing is on the minds of these two families, and that is moving together in life as friends.
“Robert is a descendant of people who owned my family. He didn’t own anybody,” said Steward. “I am a descendant of slaves of that his family owned. I have never been a slave. This is about history. This is about family. There is nothing he can do or I can do that can change the fact that I have relatives who may have died on that plantation. This was about seeing a physical place that my relatives walked, regardless of the condition.”
The plantation, which is now named the Wavering Place Plantation, is still owned by the Adams family and has been passed down for generations since 1766
“We thoroughly enjoyed it,” said Adams. “Our history is a shared one, and we celebrate our family connection. There’s a dark part of that history that was an unfortunate part of our nation’s past, but we don’t let that keep us from moving forward and getting to know family members.
“We had a three-hour conversation and there’s so much more to say,” he added. “That was just the tip of the iceberg. As great of an evening it was, there is so much more to unearth.”
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