S302 From Heroes to Fathers: Unveiling the Stories of Black Military Soldiers and the Generations They Fathered

May 17, 2024

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

We are thrilled to present Shelley Viola Murphy’s captivating session delving into the often-overlooked contributions of African American soldiers throughout history, specifically from the Revolutionary War to WWII. But that’s not all—Murphy goes even further, shedding light on the intimate stories of German and Japanese ‘Brown Babies,’ individuals born to relationships between African American soldiers and local women during the military occupation. This session is one of four in the James Dent Walker Memorial Lecture Series, presented in conjunction with the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society.

This session is an opportunity to glimpse into the lives of these unsung heroes and understand the impact they had not only on their own families but also on the broader historical narrative. By exploring the experiences of Black military soldiers, we gain a deeper understanding of the struggles, triumphs, and generational legacies that shaped their stories.

But fear not if you’re new to genealogy or unfamiliar with military research! The National Genealogical Society is here to support you every step of the way. Murphy’s session is accessible to beginners and offers valuable insights for more experienced researchers. You’ll walk away with practical tips, resources, and a renewed curiosity to uncover your family’s military connections.

So, please mark your calendars for 18 May 2024 and join us for a fascinating journey into the lives of Black military soldiers and the generations they fathered. Murphy’s session “From Heroes to Fathers” promises to be an enlightening and inspiring experience filled with stories that will leave an indelible mark on your genealogical journey.