Bootsy Collins learns about his ancestry as part of Black History Month

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Bootsy Collins' genealogy was presented at the Cincinnati Public Library Saturday afternoon.

As part of Black History Month, specially trained librarians were able to trace Collins' ancestry back to the late 1700's. The librarians found an autobiography of Collins' great-great-great-grandfather, George White, Jr., who was born a slave and later freed. White eventually made enough money to buy his entire family's freedom. Well known artist, Salomon White, was also found to be among his ancestors.

"It's really giving him just so much greater an appreciation of where he came from, his history, and it's great to be part of that process," said the manager of the Genealogy and Local History Department, Patricia Vanskaik.

The goal of the series is to honor three Cincinnati African Americans who have made significant contributions. The other two men featured in the program were William Mallory and John Bryant. The program series was first discussed with Bootsy more than two years ago.

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