Reclaiming Our African Roots

The Shawnee Friends of the Library Presents "Reclaim Our African Roots & Jessie Stokes College Scholarship Fundraiser"

Description: African descendants often can not trace their family tree beyond a three or four generations due to separation of African families/tribes,  stripping of birth names, renaming slaves, and poor record keeping during and after the Transatlantic Slave Trade. This Juneteenth event will teach us how family trees and DNA can be used to re-connect with our  African Roots  in partnership with African Ancestry Inc.  In addition to shedding light on our past, we will invest in our future by providing college scholarships powered by the Shawnee Friends of the Library  annual fundraiser.

Please secure your free tickets online.

Park DuValle Community Health Center, Inc. will provide free COVID19 vaccinations.

Physical Location: @ Roots 101 African American Museum, 124 N 1st Street, Louisville, KY (metered or garage parking available for a nominal cost)

Online Broadcast via Facebook Livestream at

About the college scholarship:

The scholarship is given to a graduating high school student or current college student who is a Shawnee library patron, has at least a 2.5 GPA and has been accepted at an accredited two-year or four-year college or trade school. The college scholarship application (deadline extended to May 31st) :

9:00am Register, Network, Support local & blackowned businesses, pre-event activties

10am Presentation by Friends of the Shawnee Library, Door Prizes, Winners of the Jessie Stokes College Scholarship Fund

11am Reclaim our African Roots through family trees & genetic testing by Drs. Rick Kittles & Gina Paige, co-founders of African Ancestry Inc

12pm Pay tribute to Slaves in Kentucky through the Unknown project with Hannah Drake (;


1pm Visit location where names of slaves will be placed on benches

2pm MelanNaire pop up shop, local artist and entetainers on 4th Street Live



1. Follow us on Facebook:

2. Save 10% on your African ancestry genetic testing with  using promo code SHAWNEE2021.

3. Reconnecting the Great Diaspora - helping people connect with their West African ancestry through genetic testing, travel to West Africa and dual citizenship. (;

4. Roots 101 African American Museum, 124 N 1st Street, Louisville, KY, 


Sponsors: Free Public Library, Friends of the Shawnee Library, Roots 101 African American Museum, African Ancestry, Inc, Humana, Park Duvall Community Center, Glam Amor Therapy, Global Intervention Ventures in Education

Significant Contributors: EB Design Plaza, Borders & Borders Attorneys at Law, Nessa's Bling

Saturday, June 19 at 9:00am to 1:00pm

Roots 101 Arican American Museum 124 N 1st Street, Louisville KY

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Public, Students, Faculty/staff, Alumni



free; please register




family trees, genetic testing, free covid19 vaccinations

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