"That's where our roots are at," said Slave Descendant Jack Hadley.
Roots that reach hundreds of years back on a Plantation.
"We grew up on Pebble Hill Plantation," said Hadley.
These eyes have seen a lineage of history unfold.
"My dad was fathered by a slave," said Hadley.
"Back in 1919 the Hadley's Grandmother Lula Reid Hadley sold this acre of land for only twenty-five dollars."
Lula Reid Hadley's son, Dennis Hadley, married a woman named Rosetta and together they had 14 children.
"Four brothers already passed two of us Richard and myself then I have eight sisters still living," said Hadley.
I got a chance to meet a family member from a younger generation who said he's honored to be a part of such rich history.
"I come from a family of educators .. I come from a family of musicians," said Hadley's Nephew Michael Hadley.
"I have an aunt who is a well known opera singer who has traveled the world," said Witherspoon.
The Hadley family puts on a family reunion every ten years the last one was in 2007.
"There were over one-thousand people there ,to see one-thousand people at one time and you're all cousins , it was pretty cool," said Witherspoon.
From slavery to present day this family has seen African-Americans make history first hand.
"Even today I would have never dreamed that a black man would be president," said Hadley.
"We have a lot of history within our family," said Richard Hadley.
History that continues to live on through many generations.
The Hadley family said they live by the quote "success is paid with the will to never stop learning."
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