Discovery spurs family history

ebarlowElvie Barlow was rummaging through some of his grandmother’s belongings some 20 years ago when he came upon a document that would change his life forever.

#African-American family is in its eighth generation of owning southeast Dougherty County farm.

#“My grandmother was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s at the time, and she was always going through these papers,” Barlow, an environmental scientist with the Environmental Protection Agency and a graduate of Albany State University, said. “There was one piece of paper in her belongings that spoke to me. When I finally sat down and read it, it helped me discover the history of a people whose story I’d never heard.

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