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LeVar Burton discovers Confederate soldier ancestor on “Finding Your Roots”

LeVar Burton discovers Confederate soldier ancestor on “Finding Your Roots”

Finding out who you are and what your ancestry looks like can be a complicated journey for African Americans in the United States, especially for actor LeVar Burton. On the latest episode of the popular PBS series “Finding Your Roots,” Burton discovered a hidden family secret: one of his ancestors was a white Confederate soldier, NBC News reported. The actor rose to fame in his most notable work as a child actor in the television adaption of Alex Haley’s “Roots,” Henry Louis Gates Jr. said was an inspiration for “Finding Your Roots,” his PBS show that aids celebrities and public figures in figuring out their family lineage and history. In previous episodes of the show, actor Joe Manganiello was told that he had a Black family member, activist Angela Davis learned she was descended from someone on the Mayflower, and even Sen. Bernie Sanders and Larry Davis found out they were distantly related.  For Burton, the show unearthed the secret that his great-great-grandmother on his mother’s side, Mary Sills, was actually the biological daughter of a white …

Arlington’s Last Confederate Monument – The Atlantic

Arlington’s Last Confederate Monument – The Atlantic

The wind washed over the rows of white tombstones and carried the last leaves of autumn on its breath. I held the map of Arlington National Cemetery up to my face, clinging to its edges as its corners fluttered. I looked up, and saw the statue I was searching for in the distance, encircled by tall steel fencing that caught and held the light from the afternoon sun. Inside the fence, concentric circles of tombstones surrounded the memorial—gravestones of the more than 200 Confederate soldiers buried beneath. Workers in white construction hats and highlighter-yellow vests moved about while security officers in dark sunglasses and black uniforms stood along the fence’s edge. To my left was a massive yellow crane whose engine rumbled steadily as it sat staring at the bronze memorial before it. I had come to the Confederate Memorial at Arlington on Monday in anticipation of the statue’s removal. Following a review from the Department of Defense’s Naming Commission, the memorial had been scheduled to come down this week, but as I arrived, I …