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Nacogdoches family reunion honors lives of slave ancestors


Eight generations of Caddell's gathered in Nacogdoches to reunite as a family and remember Anthony and Helen Caddell. Whose humble beginnings paved the way for the family today.

"Our family ancestry started here in East Texas, our great, great, great, great- grandmother was a slave on the Devereux plantation," said Henry Hammons, Caddell Family Reunion.

"It was a fairly good situation at that particular plantation not a lot of harshness," said Jeri Mills, Coordinator, Caddell Family Reunion

Helen grew up and worked on a plantation just outside of Mt. Enterprise,

When she was freed, she married Anthony in 1869, and they raised nine children in Rusk County.

"Nine different family sets are here today under Anthony and Helen," said Mills.

A heritage table displayed pieces of the family's life, with quilts and aprons from lifetimes ago.

Caddell family artifacts are also included in the Stone Fort Museum at SFA.

"Its really exciting to know that our family history is being preserved and being recognized even by the university," said Hammons.

Henry Hammons says seeing family completes the experience and adding a layer of history gives them the chance to glimpse into the past and create a better future.

"We made a lot of progress and a lot of times younger people especially don't realize the suffering that has gone in to the making of that progress," said Hammons.

The family hopes the tradition of coming together will help future generations remember sacrifices of the past.

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