African American Lives Episodes

2006, TV Show

Episode Detail: We Come from People; The Past is Another Country - African American Lives

Information about Morgan Freeman's great-grandmother is unearthed in the records of the Works Progress Administration, a Depression-era federal agency. Also: the story of theologian Peter Gomes's ancestors, who were freed in the late 1700s by Quakers; host Henry Louis Gates Jr. discovers that he's related to a medieval Irish warlord; and Gomes learns that his paternal ancestry descends from a Portuguese Jew who, in the early 1500s, fled his homeland to escape the Inquisition.

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Premiered: February 01, 2006, on PBS
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: Using genealogy and DNA science, the ancestral stories of prominent African-Americans are traced to their roots in Africa.



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