Over the weekend, Christian rapper Lecrae revealed details of his family’s heartbreaking connection to slavery.
Lecrae — whose full name is Lecrae Devaughn Moore — tweeted he found “the slave master that bought my 3rd great grandmother at 9 years old from Africa.”
The image he shared was a scan of a U.S. census ledger of “slave inhabitants” from a county in Arkansas. It was dated Sept. 25, 1860, and included the names of slave owners as well as the number of people they enslaved.
In a post on Facebook, Lecrae said he has been learning a lot about his family history recently. The rapper’s post included photos of his ancestors.
“It’s exciting, encouraging, and sad all at once,” he wrote.
The 39-year-old entertainer is sadly not alone in mourning what the country’s greatest sin cost his family. Fellow Christian hip-hop artist Thi’sl, whose real name is Travis Tyler, said he had a similar revelation when he realized a few years ago he “was born on a plantation.”
While there may be plenty of work left to be done, both Lecrae’s and Thi’sl’s stories are proof progress has been made.