Apr. 5, 2012 at 3:19pmFinding Your Roots

Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick

Don’t miss Finding Your Roots on Sunday evening at 7p.m. in Spokane. 

I love Kyra Sedgwick on TNT in the role of Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson on The Closer. So I can’t wait to see what they find out about her roots on this program. Kevin Bacon, her husband in real life, will also be the subject of this week’s program.

 

Apparently both of their ancestors were prominent American families that have been in the U.S. since its inception. And they also share the fact that both were descended from ancestors who opposed slavery early on in our country's history.

Sedgwick’s ancestor, Theodore Sedgwick “argued the freedom case of Elizabeth Freeman, also known as Mumbet in 1781, which helped bring an end to slavery in Massachusettts.”

Bacon’s Quaker ancestors “repudiated slavery long before the rest of the country, in 1780.”

It’s amazing to me that there were people who openly opposed slavery as early as the 1780s. It makes sense that they lived in the North. And the program reveals these details and more about slavery in the North to Sedgwick and Bacon during this episode.

This series is new programming from PBS and just premiered on March 25. It is hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The first program featured Barbara Walters and Geoffrey Canada in their quest to find out about their ancestors. You can watch the full program online at PBS.

The next program on Sunday, April 15, features Rick Warren, Angela Buchdahl and Yasir Qadhi.

  

 

 

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