Lett ReunioLett Reunion

POSTED BY: News Department
Saturday, July 19, 2003 - 09:11 PM
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A weekend reunion brings the descendents of the first African American families to our area.
The Lett reunion countinues today at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds.
Families from across the country gathered to celebrate their heritage and meet relatives they never knew.
Robert Williams is a geneologist and came to Zanesville all the way from Chicago, Illinois.
"This is a geneologist's dream to get people together and try to network with them. You know, share information and photographs, family stories, and you tell your part and they tell theirs," said Williams.
The event had families sharing some good old quality time this afternoon. People were taking pictures, telling stories, and getting caught up.
Charles Henry Lett is from Zanesville, and he has seen the reunion move from here to Canton and back. Lett thinks it's just important to get together.
"People should get together and meet their relatives. You're only here for a short time before it's soon over. So you kind of have to do it while we're living," said Lett.
The event started out in 1925 and Lett said it died out for a time.
But Robert Lett of California has recently tried to revitalize it.
Tomorrow morning the group will take a trip to Lydlesburg cemetery to finish up the weekend.

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