This episode of Finding Your Roots, which airs on PBS on Tuesday nights, was particularly interesting. Researchers traced the ancestry of S. Epatha Merkerson to Prince George’s County. Her ancestor, Isaac Hawkins, was one of the slaves listed to be sold by the Jesuits to slaveholders in the South in 1838, which is the subject of the “Georgetown Memory Project.” Isaac Hawkins was listed as living on the White Marsh plantation in Bowie. He was older by that time and may not have been sent to Louisiana, but it appears that some of his children, who were born at White Marsh, were. A lot of her family still lives in Louisiana.

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