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Sandra Bryant will discuss her research into her family’s ties to the American Revolution during a program at the Roanoke Canal Museum this evening.

The program begins with a reception at 5:30 and then her conversation at 6:30.

Bryant recently discussed those findings during Halifax Day commemorations last month.


After very extensive research with her son, Kevin Walden Bryant and others, and a trip to the National Archives in Washington, research documented that her fifth great-grandfather “was a free black man and patriot from Northampton County that served three tours and was compensated a sum of $38.33 for each tour.”

His name was Drury Walden and he was born around 1762 in Surry County, Virginia.