This story seems ironic although I doubt if it is the first time something like this happened. Michelle Taylor recently graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University. Like millions of other people, Taylor started researching her own ancestry. She was surprised to not only find dusty old records, but to even visit the cabin where her ancestor, freed slave George Gilmore, lived. He was a man who had been enslaved by James Madison at Montpelier, about 30 miles northwest of her school.
You can read the full story in an article by Moriah Balingit in the Washington Post at https://goo.gl/7tbo5H.
My thanks to the several newsletter readers who sent me links to this interesting article.