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Meshach Smith Rachel Poinson Kendell Francis Tiffany Hutchinson Christopher Polonia Tyquan Davis. Aryea Ebanks Marc Poinson Allen Eugene Kiara Mason. Thomas S. Murphy Clubhouse Genealogy Project. Learning About Our History.

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Meshach Smith

Rachel Poinson

Kendell Francis

Tiffany Hutchinson

Christopher Polonia

Tyquan Davis

Aryea Ebanks

Marc Poinson

Allen Eugene

Kiara Mason

Thomas S. Murphy ClubhouseGenealogy Project


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Learning About Our History

  • One aspect of this project was to study the history and origins of our ancestors.

  • We also went on two trips to study the history and changing culture of our community.


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A Family Tree

  • This is an example of a pedigree chart or family history chart.


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Other Family Trees

  • This is another example of a pedigree chart. There are many different types.

  • For people of African descent it is often difficult to find records.


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Beyond Family Trees

  • So we also did research on the African roots of our countries of origin.

  • We studied our roots from the Caribbean island to West Africa


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Genealogy

Stereotype

Leo Africanus

Syncretism

Gunpowder

Important Definitions for Studying Our Genealogy


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Our Roots

  • The majority of our group members are of Caribbean descent.

  • We found out that most people of African descent found in the Caribbean originally came from West Africa.


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Fourteen African Countries

There are 14 Countries in West Africa whose culture, traditions, and customs can be seen throughout the Caribbean society today.


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Benin

Cote de Ivoire

Togo

Sierra Leone

Gabon

Guinea

Cameroon

8. Rep. of Congo

9. Senegal

10. Ghana

11. Nigeria

12. Angola

13. Liberia

14. Guinea Bissau

14 AFRICAN COUNTRIES


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Where We Come From

  • As a person of Haitian descent, Rachel’s ancestors probably came from Benin, Nigeria, and Congo.

  • As a person of Jamaican descent, Tiffany’s ancestors most likely came from Nigeria, Ghana, and Angola.


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The Triangular Slave Trade

  • The European trade in African people involved the continents of Europe, Africa, and the Americas.

  • Raw goods and people were taken from Africa to be sold in the Caribbean, and then the U.S.


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Survival of Our Cultures

  • One of the worst aspects of slavery was that it wiped out our original names, and almost took away the memory of our pasts, and culture.

  • What we found out is that in some instances our African ancestors were able to keep their way and beliefs alive.


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Syncretism

  • Here are two pictures from Haiti that show the survival of African culture. (top) Haitian people practicing the Vodun ceremonies of their ancestors. (bottom) An Haitian altar to African gods.


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Our Community History and Landmarks

  • As part of this project we also visited two institutions in our community to learn about the history of our neighborhood.

  • Our research took us to The Dutch Reformed Church, and Erasmus High School Campus.


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The Flatbush Dutch Reformed Church

  • The Flatbush Dutch Reformed Church is one of the oldest in our community, and was founded in 1654, shortly after the settlement of Kings County.


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The Flatbush Dutch Reform Church (FDRC)

The Flatbush Dutch Reform Church, only two blocks from our Clubhouse have a wealth of history that we discovered on our visit there.

It was really an Adventure!!!


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The Church Structure

  • The beautiful stained glass windows of The Flatbush Dutch Reformed Church were made by Tiffany’s, the famous jewelry company.

  • In this series of windows each glass represents a different European country.


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Segregation

  • There are also beautiful

    balconies in the main

    sanctuary but we discovered unfortunately that our ancestors were made to sit in the upper balcony. Slaves we not permitted to sit in the mezzanine section.

  • Racism and segregation was not only apart of the South but right here in our Flatbush community.


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The Cemetery at Flatbush Dutch Reformed Church

  • The FDRC has a cemetery that is like a time capsule.

  • The quality of the headstones and the materials used to make them tell us about the wealth of the person buried there and sometimes the situation surrounding their death.


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Changing Face of Flatbush

  • Here we see old and new side by side.

  • Flatbush was once mostly farm land, now it is a busy urban shopping area


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The Church House

  • The Church House of the Dutch Reformed Church.

  • The house was constructed in 1924 and serve as a unique place for community events and recreation

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Erasmus Hall Today

  • Erasmus Hall is the oldest operating school in the country.

    It was established in 1784.


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A view of the original Seminary Building

  • Erasmus Hall was originally formed as a seminary.

  • This building was the original structure of the school still standing in the middle of the court yard.


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The original Seminary

  • This plaque is in recognition of the seminary first established in 1786


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Our trip to Erasmus Hall

  • A statue of Desiderius Erasmus stands right in front of the original school building. He was a Dutch scholar.


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Erasmus

  • Here are two examples of the excellent stained glass windows at Erasmus Hall.


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Erasmus

  • Here we observe a collage of some of Erasmus Hall’s many famous alumni.


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