NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — A South Carolina woman is pushing to remove the Confederate statue of her ancestor after she learned she has a cousin from one of the family’s slaves.
Brittney Meriwether-Williamson is a descendant of Thomas Meriwether, the man whose statue stands in North August, South Carolina at the location of a race riot in the 1800s.
What she didn’t realize is that in the 1600s, another ancestor had a child with one of his slaves. When she found out, that is when they decided to meet face-to-face.
“We decided that we would like to unite our voices to try to get this monument taken down,” Meriwether-Williamson told our news partner WJBF. “Just a loving family. They took to me and I took to them. The kids, just came and sat right next to me and started talking.”
The two said they look forward to having a family reunion one day and using their story to foster more love.
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