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Jillian Atkin Sim

Jillian Sim, a writer and mother of two, was raised in the white world. Her grandmother, Ellen Love, an actress, told her many family stories heard from her mother, Anita Hemmings Love. She mentioned connections to Jefferson and an English sea captain, but never spoke of descent from enslaved people. Jill Sim learned of her African American ancestry only after her grandmother’s death in 1994.

Stephen De Windt

Stephen De Windt moved with his family from the San Francisco Bay area to Pasadena when he was twelve.  He attended Pasadena City College and Arizona State University.  After a career in the airline industry, he became an actor—a “background artist”—in Hollywood.

 

John Q. T. King

John Quill Taylor King was born in Memphis, Tennessee, the son of Alice Woodson, a teacher, and John Quill Taylor, a doctor.  When his mother remarried after his father’s death, he took the surname of his stepfather, Charles King, a funeral director.  King graduated from Fisk University in 1941 and then entered the  U.S. Army.  He retired from the Army Reserves as a Major General. 

Robert Scott

Robert Scott was born free, the son of Sarah Bell and Jesse Scott, a free man of color whose mother was a Pamunkey Indian. The Scott trio (Robert, his brother James, and his father) were well known musicians who traveled all over Virginia playing at dances at private homes, mountain resorts, and the University of Virginia

Gloria Roberts

Gloria Roberts, daughter of Pearl Hinds and Frederick Madison Roberts, graduated from the University of Southern California and studied at the Juilliard School of Music. She lived most of her life in Europe, where she pursued a career as a concert pianist and accompanist, specializing in African American spirituals and the music of George Gershwin as well as European classical composers.  She lived as a child in the household of her grandmother Ellen Hemings Roberts and remembers her well.

Cary Hotchkiss II

Cousins Cary Hotchkiss II and Roger McWhorter are descendants of Thomas Jefferson’s eldest granddaughter Anne Randolph Bankhead through her son, William Stuart Bankhead.  Among the slaves Bankhead brought with him to Alabama in 1846 was Susan Scott.  For the past century and a half the lives of the Scott and Bankhead families have been intertwined. 

Roger McWhorter

Cousins Cary Hotchkiss II and Roger McWhorter are descendants of Thomas Jefferson’s eldest granddaughter Anne Randolph Bankhead through her son, William Stuart Bankhead.  Among the slaves Bankhead brought with him to Alabama in 1846 was Susan Scott.  For the past century and a half the lives of the Scott and Bankhead families have been intertwined. 

Pauline Powell Burns

Pauline Powell Burns, a great-granddaughter of Joseph and Edith Fossett, was born and raised in Oakland, California.  Her grandmother, Isabella Fossett, was sold away from Monticello and her family at the age of eight, but succeeded in escaping to Boston in the 1840s, using a free pass forged by her brother Peter Fossett.  Always at risk of re-enslavement because of the Fugitive Slave Act, Isabella joined the rest of her family in Cincinnati by 1860. 

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