Ancestors Unknown is an international nonprofit organization that uses ancestry research, history education, and cultural workshops to inspire the personal and academic success of young people throughout the African Diaspora.
We combine genealogy research with a global, Black history curriculum to personalize history for participants. Introduced to their once unknown ancestors, young people gain a new type of education that broadens their skills and affirms their self-understanding. In partnership with families, schools, genealogists, historians, and local organizations, we seek to regain the worldwide memories of once forgotten family histories.
In 2013, pilot projects launched in Charleston, South Carolina and Paramaribo, Suriname.