Yesterday afternoon was the official kick-off for #RootsTech 2019 with the Opening Session. While the theme of this year's conference continues to be "Connect-Belong" there is a specific emphasis on healing.
During the session, we were witness to a wonderful presentation by Michael Moore about the opening of the International African American Museum. This museum is going to be on the site of what was once Gadsden's Wharf where nearly half of all enslaved Africans entered America.
The museum will provide a place for descendants of African slaves to gather, remember, learn more of their history and culture and celebrate the role that these enslaved men and women played in the history of America.
Following Michael's moving presentation, David Elder Bednar, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, announced that the church was donating $2,000,000 to the museum for their Centre for Family History. Elder Bednar said, "We want to support the museum and the Centre for Family History because we both value the strength that comes from learning about our families. The museum will not only educate its patrons on the important contributions of Africans who came through Gadsden's Wharf and Charleston, it will also all who visit to discover and connect with ancestors whose stories previously may not have been known." What a powerful message of healing!