FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 7, 2009
Cheryle J. Crockett
MY SLADE PHENOMENON: WHAT A DIFFERENCE A BOOK MAKES
Dunnigan, CA (BlackNews.com) - Discovering the ancestors of African-Americans can be a daunting task; one often made more difficult by the many strands of a person's African heritage. The hidden information embedded in our African-American enslaved ancestors who travelled through the middle passage to the Americas, is still a challenge on those looking for this information. They must continue this search.
In her book My Slade Phenomenon (Dorrance Publishing Company, Pittsburgh, PA), Cheryle J. Crockett shared the strands of her identity to in hopes of finding others who might know more about her ancestry. As a result of her book, released on May 16, 2008, she has made contact with several people with the surname of Slade. One distant cousin in Virginia welcomed her into the family.
With this additional information about her Slade ancestry, Ms. Crockett was able to better understand the history of the person who may be her first known ancestor, John Slade, born around 1497 in Bedfordshire, England.
My Slade Phenomenon also attracted the attention of the Caswell County (North Carolina) Historical Association. Ms. Crockett has been working with the Association's archivist and webmaster, Rick Frederick to document online her ancestral outline. This traces her roots from Caswell County's mulatto slave Andy (Andrew) Slade, and has generated interest by many others.
Hopefully, this is the beginning of the journey Ms. Crockett has longed for -- a journey that will end in a fuller understanding of the names that make up the many strands of her identity: Wise, Hyams, Staten, and Slade.