This is Ceril Collin Abrams. He runs the South End Museum in Port Elizabeth, an amazing cultural archive, in which the families who were displaced because of the utterly shocking apartheid are remembered. This building holds truth, it holds grief as much as it holds celebration.
He was over the moon about my project and we spent the morning going through photographs and piercing together some of the missing dates and links.
I have been so supported and held during the past few days, even without blood I feel I have made a little family here...so many heart opening conversations and connections, so much understanding for why this personal journey needs to happen.
I asked Cecil the importance of understanding ancestry. He said,
‘It gives you roots, when we know our heritage we can move forward. An undefined person cannot place themselves in this world. We need to know the past in order to know the future.’