The Melting Pot of
Greene County, Alabama

Antebellum Slavery is a pleasant way to describe the fact that enslaved men and
women were the victims of Human Trafficking.  This involved the recruitment,
transportation, transfer, and harboring of Black men, women, and children, by means of
intimidation and the abuse of power all for the sake a despicable dollar.  Men, women,
and children were severely tormented, beaten, sexually abused, and exploited. Families
were ripped apart, sold away, and forced to engage in labor and services that often
deprived them of ever seeing their families again.  This lucrative practice took place in
Greene County, Alabama, which was one of the wealthiest and largest slave owning
territories in the state.  Since African Americans first arrived in America, they have
faced serious challenges and seasons of solitary despair during Antebellum Slavery.  
Enslaved men and women have proven to be resilient and adaptable in the countenance
of these disputes. Whatever the cost, they adapted to their difficult circumstances in
creative ways to preserve familial ties.

Historians, Genealogists, and Researchers are constantly concluding how frustrating
and difficult it is to trace African Americans slaves prior to the Reconstruction Era.  
Blacks have been examining, analyzing, and researching in old trunks, archives,
courthouses for family records.  Several are also exploring through the woods, which
was once the old slave cemeteries, in their boots, gloves, and shovels as they search for
clues to their family legacies.
 Despite the obstacles, the descendants of the enslaved
men and women from Greene County, continue to persevere in seeking out their
ancestral roots and determining what happened to their ancestors.  Family history
research is often both laborious and difficult, due to the fact enslaved men and women
were consistently our ancestors were sold across the country where records may be

Despite the obstacles, a young author, publisher, entrepreneur, public speaker, and
African American Genealogical Researcher named
Alexander Lee Barrett, whose
maternal roots descends from the
Lee, Eatman, Shambley, Cockrell,
Thompson, Underwood, Lavender, Hinton, Rice, Ingram, Richardson,
Pippen, Carpenter, and Gordon
 families of Greene County, is even more
determined to recognize the evil injustices of Antebellum Slavery.  He has already
started  breaking down the brick walls and destroying the genealogy barriers by
assisting African American families in uncovering the ultimate details of the
whereabouts of Eutaw, Alabama’s slave ancestry.  "The task of tracing one's lineage
before Emancipation is often both laborious and extremely difficult, but not impossible
with patience and diligence," Barrett says.  For the past 23 years, he has advocated
and dedicated his life to the cause of discovering the ancestral lineages of Black
Americans.    Barrett expresses the themes of slavery by portraying them in the life of
his slave ancestor, whose remarkable and courageous life stories encouraged the
creation of this website and his family project.  

This website and genealogical tool consists of slave inventories, distributions, family
genealogies, several hundred enlarged portraits of the descendants of the slaves,
whose lineages have been extensively traced back to the late 1700s and early 1800’s.  
Barrett is launching a new genealogical awakening for Greene County, Alabama that
will permit the researcher to acquire an inside look on the internal slave trade and how
it became the most immense and productive enterprise for the plantations in the South
and for the auctioneers. Appreciating this knowledge this will result in an extensive
interpretation of how the ancestor was brought to Alabama and unconsciously being
part of Greene County's Cultural Melting Pot.  It is his conclusions that will allow the
researcher's genealogical journey to be somewhat easier as they understand how the
process works.  In order to be able to identify your ancestor on the slave schedule and
understand the nature of their lives, we must take the time to closely examine

Harriett 's Theory

As a result, several black families, who are descended from the slaves of that county,
are truly anticipating the completion of his current research project entitled,
Greene County Family Project”
.  He is creating a genealogical tool that will
reconnect Black Americans to their ancestors by utilizing wills, tax records, estate
papers, bill of sales, deeds, death records, slave inventories, and distributions that he
has spent the last two decades researching and collecting.  Ultimately This project will
allow an individual to identify their ancestor on a slave schedule and be able to trace
that slave’s ancestry.