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More than 100 years after it ended, East Tennessee still wants to forget people suffered under slavery here

In retracing their family history, descendants of enslaved people like Charlotte Dockery or Adaline Staples Crozier often have to expose the brutal truth of slavery.

Gabrielle Hays, Madison Stacey

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This is the third part of Stolen Stories - a  series about two families in East Tennessee who have retraced their history back to the most recent slave in their lineage. 

Credit: Madison Stacey

The hours Ronald Brabson spends pouring over archives, sleuthing through records and analyzing data in an effort to piece together missing links in his family tree have not been in vain. 

“There was a lot of family members that said well if you find somebody back to 1870 that's as good as you’re gonna get. But I have found one of my relatives was born in 1800. And then, of course on the Dockery side, we can trace them back to the 1700s,” he said.