In order to better understand the work that I do, and why I do it, I will first explain who I am and how I got to 2004, which is when my journey into researching the lives of Stephen Binyard and his extended family first began. To be blunt, as a white woman the...
The Gullah Society, a nonprofit organization based in Charleston, South Carolina seeks to protect and preserve the sacred burial grounds of African and African American ancestors.read more
In April of 2011, I attended a workshop at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, DC and what I left with changed my life. In between my workshops, I used my time wisely and requested the file of Stephen Binyard. He was the brother of Dorcas Binyard Finley, my 3rd great grandmother, whom my grandmother revered and spoke of whenever she talked about her early childhood. Stephen was one of several of Dorcas’ brothers that fought in the Civil War for the Union Army. He was a private in Company D 34th Regiment of the United States Colored Troops.read more