Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Family Reunion In More Ways Than One

The Thompson and Galmore Family of Adams County, Mississippi recently celebrated their bi-annual family reunion on July 6 – 8, 2012.  What a celebration it was! Several generations of the descendants of Calvin “ Papa Lovie” Thompson and Sarah “Mama Sarah” Galmore-Thompson from New York to Texas converged on Natchez and Sibley, MS to celebrate family connections and history.

The Family Griot with Abdul Muhammad at the homestead of Calvin and Sarah Thompson

One of the biggest surprises of the family reunion was the reconnection of a distant cousin, Abdul-Rahmaan Abd-Raheem Muhammad, who came to celebrate with us. Personally it was quite a surprise for me because I discovered that for 25 years he lived about 40 minutes from where I grew up, his daughter was a high school classmate of a cousin and he was friends with the family of the same cousin! Abdul (formerly Andrew S. Thomas), born in Hattiesburg, MS, is the son of George Thompson, grandson of Philip Thompson and great-grandson of Benjamin Thompson; attended his first Thompson-Galmore Family Reunion. After being separated from his extended Thompson family for several years, Abdul was returned to us and a branch of the family tree was restored. 

Abdul-Rahmaan Abd-Raheem Muhammad is a published author who wrote a book of poems inspired by his life experiences and spiritual journey, entitled "Words: Masterpieces of Limitation".


Ms Vicky said...

I love these types of family reunions. The coming together and then the ones who re-connect with family. Congrats to your entire family and thanks for sharing.

The Family Griot said...

Thanks Ms. Vicky. It was a great reunion!

Vera moore said...

I'm looking for the person on gedmatch known as "Thompson Family Griot". We match; tried to email from the provided address, but it bounced as un-deliverable.