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Ancestry workshop set for Saturday

 

NATCHEZ — A community workshop Saturday will aim to educate the public on how to trace their ancestral heritage in order to sow seeds of change in a racially diverse world, organizers said.

The workshop lasts from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Natchez Visitors Reception Center Theater, 640 S. Canal St., and costs $20 per person, which includes refreshments.

Deborah Cosey of Concord Quarters will be the hostess of Saturday’s workshop.

Cosey said she collaborated with The Natchez Historical Society and the Southeast Archaeological Conservancy in order to help locals explore their true roots with a genealogy workshop, which might prove to be both informative and surprising.

“For instance, I might find out you and I were related, even though my family may have worked on your plantation,” Cosey said. “… This is something that is going to help us all. It truly is.”

The event includes a two-part presentation led by Sharon Leslie Morgan, the co-author of the award-winning novel “Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade,” a genealogist and human rights advocate, Cosey said.

Cosey said Morgan’s presentation would teach attendees how to conduct their own family research and use their findings to spread healing from the remnants of racism caused by slavery that may still exist in some communities today.

Morgan’s published work would also be available for purchase and signed by the author following the event, Cosey said.

Tickets may be purchased by email to tickets@natchezpilgrimage.com or by phone at 800-647-6742 or 601-446-6631. For more information, call Cosey at 601-493-3018.

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