8:30pm Friday, September 14 on Prime
Lionel was incredibly close to his grandmother, yet he knows almost nothing about her ancestry and that there is a mystery surrounding the identity of her father. Lionel solves the mystery of Adelaide’s paternity, and will unravel the story of his great grandfather, John Louis Brown – tracking his life from slavery to freedom, through the optimism of Reconstruction, and the disillusionment and broken promises of the Jim Crow era, charting almost 100 years. Lionel’s journey takes him from his childhood neighbourhood at Tuskegee to Nashville, Tennessee, where John Louis Brown sowed the seeds of the civil rights movement. Tracing J.L. Brown’s later life leads Lionel to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he uncovers a photograph of his great grandfather. Later, a surprising document provides a clue to the identity of John Louis Brown’s parentage.