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Event centers on ‘Slave Genealogy of the Roulhac Family’ book

2-rhoulacThe Roulhac Family Association, Inc., presents “Slave Genealogy of the Roulhac Family: French Masters and the Africans They Enslaved,” April 6 from 12:30-3 p.m. at Wayne County Community College District’s Downtown Campus’s Multi-Purpose Room 235, 1001 W. Fort, Detroit.

The program will feature Roy L. Roulhac, a fifth-generation descendant of colonial North Carolina and territorial Jackson County, Fla., slaves. Roulhac is the author of the recently released book of the same name as the program title. He will share his journey through 18th and 19th century wills, probate records, bills of sales and other primary and secondary sources of his ancestors’ enslavers to find and connect missing pieces of not only his family’s past, but also the history of all African-descended Roulhacs.

Roulhac uses primary and secondary sources to annotate Helen Prescott’s 1894 “Genealogical Memoir of the Roulhac Family in America” by adding the slave and Civil War histories of three French Roulhac brothers and four generations of their descendants.

Readers of “Slave Genealogy” discover how three Roulhac brothers — members of the French aristocracy — who upon arriving in America during the last quarter of the 18th century seeking to capitalize on trade with the colonists, maintained their privileged status by both marrying into affluent and influential families who accumulated their wealth from slave labor, and then themselves becoming slave owners and in one case a speculator.

Whether Roulhacs, African Americans or any other ethnicity, readers can easily reflect on their own heritage in this documentation of despair and triumph.

A Marianna, Fla., native, Roy Roulhac is an administrative law judge in Detroit; a past president of the Fred Hart Williams Genealogical Society; and editor of “Jackson County, Florida,” the story of African Americans from slavery through the often violent Reconstruction and Jim Crow eras to the 20th century.

Event pre-registration is encouraged and may be done at The self-published “Slave Genealogy of the Roulhac Family” is available at

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