Like most African Americans, my family roots in the United States began in slavery. My great-great-great-grandfather, William Thompson, was born in King George County, Virginia, in or around 1800. William spent most of his life as a slave on the Spy Hill Plantation which was owned by Thomas B. B. Baber. While serving on this plantation, William met and married Mildred McGruder. They had ten children, one of which was my great-great grandfather, Joshua Thompson, who was born in or around 1831.