HAMPTON, Va. (AP) A family that traces its bloodline to Americas first enslaved Africans said Friday that their ancestors endured unimaginable toil and hardship but they also helped forge the nation.
Four hundred years ago, our family started building America, can I get an Amen? Wanda Tucker said before a crowd in the Tucker Family Cemetery in Hampton, Virginia.
They loved, she continued. They experienced loss. They worked. They created. They made a way out of no way, determined that their labor would not be in vain.
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