This photograph of my father, John W. Taylor, in his late teens (circa 1945) is what I believe the face of Genealogy looks like!
This Wordy Wednesday post is in response to the insulting photo LAWeekly.com posted on their site to publicize the upcoming 42nd Annual Genealogy Jamboree hosted by the Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library, June 10 – 12, 2011 in Burbank, California. I have to tell you, seeing that photo quickly brought back memories of all the Picaninny Caricatures and Little Black Sambo stereotypes that were created during the Jim Crow era depicting the black race in this country. So I know first-hand, if not more, just how everyone felt when they saw that photograph!
GeneaBloggers were encouraged to send letters to the editor about that photo, and then we were asked to select a favorite ancestor photo to post on our blog sites which would send the message of what the Face of Genealogy looks like for us all. Once complaints started rolling in about the photo, by 3:15 pm EST on June 5th, LAWeekly.com removed the photo and replaced it with the photo of a “Jamboree app” on an iphone. To catch the backstory about The Face of Genealogy, visit http://www.geneabloggers.com/face-genealogy/.