Have many of you had the experience of meeting descendants of slave holders or slave holding families?
How was the experience? Was it a comfortable meeting?
Several years ago I had the opportunity to travel with the Reeds from Abbeyville SC back to historic Abbeyville, and the white slave holders met the descendants of the slaves and kind of turned the city out. The elders of the family were given the keys to the city and the white Reids (they spell it differently) welcomed the black Reeds to Abbeyville. You can read about it here:
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The white Reeds, own a small restaurant, and hung a large sign in the town square welcoming us to Abbeyville.
The experience had been preceded by Melvin Collier, the Reed family historian, already meeting members of the historical society, who later contacted the Reeds that met the family at the town square. You can see some of them waiting the arrival of the family in the photos. It was an amazing experience!