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Nas Reacts To Seeing An Ancestor’s Bill Of Sale Into Slavery


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During Tuesday’s episode of PBS’ documentary series “Finding Your Roots,” rapper Nas was shown a devastating document from the past: a paper receipt for an ancestor’s sale into slavery.

Sitting opposite the show’s host, scholar and filmmaker Henry Louis Gates, Nas flipped through a book of documents and photos related to his predecessors. Among them was an 1859 bill of sale announcing the sale of his great-great-great-grandmother, Pocahontas, to a Virginia landowner when she was around 15 years old.

“A receipt for a human being,” Nas responded with an exhale.

Find more information on this article at the link below:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/29/nas-ancestor-bill-of-sale-to-slavery_n_6069180.html

Want to check out this episode? click on the link below:

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/finding-your-roots/come-people-full-episode/12276/

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