My mother sent me an article about Ernest Lampkins, a retired Shreveport educator, who in 2001 was "seated as heir to a long-retired chieftaincy in Ho, a town in north Ghana, in West Africa," according to the Shreveport Times.
His grandfather, Joe Lampkins, was born into slavery and died in 1949 at the age of 111. Mr. Lampkins said, "My grandfather always told me that he was from 'away,' and I assumed he meant 'far away,' since he was born in slavery." But the word was Uwe, the name of a tribe in Ghana.
If this sounds familiar to anyone, I'd be happy to send a copy of it. I have no relationship to Mr. Lampkins; my mother found the article interesting, and I thought it might help another researcher.
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