Last night, PBS aired a new episode of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr. This episode featured rapper Nas discovering the slave owner of his enslaved third-great grandmother, Pocahontas, and many more bone-chilling details.
Gates Jr. also shows Nas a Receipt of Sale for his third-great grandmother: for $830! “They paid $830 for my great-great-great grandmother?” Nas asked in disbelief. “I’ve got more than that in my pocket right now.” Gates also shows him a picture of the slave owner of his ancestor, Benjamin Franklin Little. Nas responds with, “See, now this is painful.”
Actress Angela Bassett and President Obama’s Senior advisor Valerie Jarrett also learn details about their ancestors in the same episode called “We Come From People”.
You can catch re-runs of this episode Saturday, November 1st (Check local times). And catch a new episode of Finding Your Roots every Tuesday at 8:00 p.m EST on PBS.