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African American McRaes' History Presented

Posted by Tonya Keitt Kalule

Georgia Historical Society-Jan 15, 2016

On January 15th, 2016 I met with several family members as my cousin Jesse McRae donates his book, A History of the African American McRaes of Georgia, to the Georgia Historical Society in Savannah, Georgia. It was really a proud moment for our family.  This book will assist the present and future generations in their research of the McRae ancestors.


Jesse McRae in front of the GHS



Luckily, I happened to be home from Peru for the Christmas Holidays, others came from Tallahasse, Florida, Chesapeake, Virginia and Dublin, Georgia for this event.  It was like a small reunion.  I got to meet a new cousin, Willie King, who is a descendant of Nelson McRae, the brother of my 3rd great-grandmother.

Inside the GHS

Jesse McRae is connected  to two sets of McRaes, both of which are represented here at the event., His paternal grandparents are both McRae descendants.  His paternal grandfather is Artis McRae, and the mother of his paternal grandmother is Susan McRae, so finding if there is a connection between the two is quite important to him.







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