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Monday, February 15, 2016

Sean Combs' Ancestors Free in 1850s Maryland

de bene esse: literally, of well-being, morally acceptable but subject to future validation or exception

Sean 'Diddy' Combs was left feeling 'conflicted' after being told his third great grandfather was born a free man in 1850 - despite living in slave state Maryland. 

In an emotional episode of Finding Your Roots: Family Reunions that airs on Tuesday, Combs was told that while it's extremely rare for African-Americans to have had free ancestors during the mid-1800s, his relation Robert Allsop was one such individual.

Show host Henry Louis Gates told Combs: 'Make no mistake about it man, this is not typical of the black experience. Read on...


Show host Henry Louis Gates told Combs: 'Make no mistake about it man, this is not typical of the black experience'
Gates added: 'For 90 per cent of the African-American people who sat where you've sat when I've done their family tree, no free ancestors.'

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