Thursday, 02. May 2019, Charleston Gaillard Center, Anson Street African Burials DNA Ancestry Report

from 02. May 2019 - 18:00 till 19:30

Charleston Gaillard Center

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When the remains of 36 individuals were unearthed at the Gaillard Center in 2013, so were a mountain of questions: Who were these people? How did they come to be buried here? And most importantly—what are their stories?
Historical, archaeological and ongoing DNA research tells us that these 36 women, men and children were buried between 1750 and 1800. Some were born in Africa and others were born South Carolina.
Our Charleston ancestors WOKE to remind us of our shared PAST and to proclaim their humanity. We rebury them with dignity and honor in the PRESENT. They inspire us to create a FUTURE of greater reconciliation, truth, equity and healing.
During this talk, the second in our series of events that mark the reinterment of the 36 individuals uncovered at the Gaillard in 2013, Raquel Fleskes and Dr. Theodore Schurr will discuss the results of ongoing ancient DNA analyses. The support of the National Geographic Society and the University of Pennsylvania has enabled us to explore the ancestry of these 36 people.
The first glimpse of their ancestral roots in Africa will be presented - based upon their mitochondrial DNA (maternal lineage). Further sequencing and analyses over the coming months will provide more detailed ancestry results and determine if any of the 36 individuals are related to each other.

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