ROBERT AND EMILINE BREWER FAMILY



 
   


2014 BREWER TUSKEGEE AIRMEN CEREMONY

 

U.S. Air Force Honor Guard march into Brewer Tuskegee Airmen Ceremony

 

U.S. Air Force Brass Quintet

 

 

 

U.S. Air Force Honor Guard

 

 

U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Presenting the Colors

 

 

Tuskegee Airmen during Presenting the Colors

 

 

Former Winston Salem City Councilman and U.S. Air Force Academy graduate Vernon Robinson salutes the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard

 

Our American Trailblazers--The Tuskegee Airmen

 

 

Tuskegee Airmen and Members of the East Coast Chapter Tuskegee Airmen Inc.

 

Our Tuskegee Airmen..The Nation's Super Heroes, Jerry Hawk Burton (Public Relations, East Coast Chapter  Tuskegee Airmen Inc.) and Vernon Robinson

 

Tuskegee Airmen and Members of the East Coast Chapter Tuskegee Airmen Inc.

 

Tuskegee Airmen, Jerry "Hawk" Burton, Vernon Robinson, Pat Talbert Smith and Kim Sandhu

 

Our Heroes....The Tuskegee Airmen

 

Tuskegee Airmen at Brewer ceremony

 

Gwendolyn Robinson Atkinson and Genevieve Robinson Brown accepting Congressional Gold Medal for their brother..the late Second Lt. Robert C. Robinson, Jr.

 

Cousin Bea reads letter from President Obama

 

George Norfleet, Publisher, Training The Best (Dr. Flowers' bio) pays tribute to Dr. Flowers

 

 

Brewer children accepting Tuskegee Airmen Dog Tags from Vernon Robinson

 

Mrs. Helena Noble-Jones, former Principal of the Charles Herbert Flowers High School Pays Tribute to our cousin Dr. Flowers

 

Sergeant Major Andrew Hooker and students from the Charles Herbert Flowers High School pay tribute to our cousin Dr. Flowers

 

Sergeant Hooker

 

Students from the ROTC Program at the Charles Herbert Flowers High School pay tribute to Dr. Flowers

 

Cousin Bea accepts 332nd Squadron Poster from Vernon Robinson

 

 

 

The Robinson Family honors our cousin Second Lt. Robert C. Robertson, Jr.-Tuskegee Airman

 

Brewer children accept Tuskegee Airmen dog tags from Vernon Robinson

 

Brewer Tuskegee Airmen Ceremony

 

Tuskegee Airmen with Vanessa Brewer-Tyson and Reverend Louise Smith after event

 


 

Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen (DOTAs) and Members of the East Coast Chapter Tuskegee Airmen Inc. in attendance:

James W. Pryde; Major L. Anderson ll; Major Edward Talbert (Res. Ret.); Lt. Colonel Dr. Ivan Ware; William T. Fauntleroy, Jr.;

Patricia Talbert-Smith; Mrs. James Pryde; Chris Smith; Jerry "Hawk" Burton, Public Relations Officer; George Norfleet. 

The Brewer family is overwhelmed and so appreciative of the support of the East Coast Chapter. Thank you!!!!  


THE BREWERS RECEIVED LETTERS/ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS/TRIBUTES FROM:

 

President Barack Obama

 

 

 An Official Citation by the Maryland House of Delegates for Dr. Flowers from Delegate Marvin E. Holmes, Jr., Prince George's County, District 23 B

 

 

Mayor Esther Manheimer, Mayor of Ashville, North Carolina  

 

 

 Charles F. Bolden, Jr., Administrator, Office of the Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)


The Ceremony was broadcast on ABC...Channel 7-WJLA in the Washington, D.C./Maryland area and ABC - WCIV in Charleston, S.C.

An article also appeared in the Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C. and its affiliate newspapers in Myrtle Beach and Columbia. Here are the links:

http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20140731/PC16/140739852/1006/tuskegee-header-header

http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2014/07/31/4386509/descendents-of-slave-owner-one.html

 

Other links:

http://www.topix.com/wire/city/washington-dc-mount-pleasant?q=u%3Apostandcourier.com

https://ecctai.org/index.php/events-2/general/8-tuskegee-airman-gold-medal-award-posthumous-to-lt-robert-robinson-dr-charles-flowers

 

Pictures by Chris Smith (East Coast Chapter Tuskegee AIrmen Inc.), Rose Harris and Vanessa Brewer-Tyson

Official Pictures of Presdent Obama and Politicians:

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:President_Barack_Obama.jpg

http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/html/msa13964.html

http://www.ashevillenc.gov/CityCouncil/MeetCityCouncil.aspx

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/10/Charles_F._Bolden%2C_Jr.jpg/185px-Charles_F._Bolden%2C_Jr.jpg

 

 

THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR MAKING THIS A HISTORIC AND MEMORABLE REUNION!!

Special thanks to Patricia Talbert Smith and the East Coast Chapter Tuskegee Airmen Inc.

 


 

PRESERVE THE LEGACY AND HERITAGE OF THE ORIGINAL TUSKEGEE AIRMEN.....

Help Us Tell Their Powerful Stories!!!

 

At this very special Brewer Reunion from August 1st-3rd in Washington, D.C., we will honor our cousin the late Second Lt. Robert C. Robinson, Jr., a Tuskegee Airman declared Missing in Action.  He was just twenty-two-years-old; he is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Learn more about Robert here!!

 

 

 

 

We will also pay tribute to our Brewer cousin Dr. Charles Herbert Flowers, Jr.  Dr. Flowers was a Tuskegee Airman enrolled in the program’s first class and became a military-trained primary flight instructor at Moton Field. See video about Dr. Flowers here.

 

He owned a drug store in Washington, D.C. Ultimately, he served as Manager of Employee Relations for NASA at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt. Maryland. 

 

The Charles Herbert Flowers High School and the Charles Herbert Flowers Performing Arts Center in Springdale, Maryland are named in Dr. Flowers’ honor. He was the only living person to have a school named after him in the Prince George’s County Public School system. In 2006, Dr. Flowers received an honorary doctorate in Public Service from the historic Tuskegee University.

 

He was the son of Ola Huntley Flowers and Charles H. Flowers, Sr. of Wadesboro, North Carolina; his grandparents were Lula Brewer Huntley and John Huntley. Read more about Cousin Charles!!

 

"If you think that the cost of an education is expensive, try ignorance. Ignorance is a lot more expensive than the cost of an education."--Dr. Charles Herbert Flowers, Jr.

 

 Bio about Dr. Flowers--Training The Best!

Dr. Flowers’ book Training the Best, a poignant story of his life as flight instructor as well as 1940s Tuskegee Airmen memorabilia will be available at the 2014 Brewer Reunion. 

 

 

Who is this man? Click here!!!

 

 

BREWER/WATTS HISTORY AND FAMILY TREE (SEE BELOW)

Emiline Watts Brewer and family members of Townley Watts  (son of Thomas H. Watts-Emiline's slave owner/father)

 

 

 

Watts Family Scrapbooks

  • Thomas H. Watts was the slave owner and father of Emiline Watts Brewer. She was obviously a mixed race woman. Through the years, she and her descendants had many familial interactions with the descendants of Thomas H. Watts.

  • Emiline's obituary was found predominantly displayed in two Watts family scrapbooks belonging to Mary Watts Mills (Thomas H. Watts' granddaughter and Townley Watts' daughter), and the descendants of John Dudley Watts (Thomas H. Watts' son).   

  • In one of the discovered Watts family scrapbooks, Emiline's obituary is on the first page; there is also information regarding the date that the Thomas H. Watts' slaves were freed. 

  • This second Watts scrapbook has a newspaper entry about Tom E. Watts, a Watts family member who kept Emiline's obit until the day he died. The Watts family scrapbook also includes pictures of Arthur Brewer, Sr. and address information for Dora Brewer Chance (both were Emiline's grandchildren). 

  • It is a high probability that Townley and other Watts who knew and interacted with Emiline put her rather lengthy obituary in the all white Pageland Journal in 1925. Note: During that year, South Carolina death certificates were only issued to whites but not African Americans. 

The late Harold Pigg holding Watts family scrapbook with Emiline's obit on first page

Emiline Watts Brewer

The late Elton James Watts with Emiline's picture

 

DNA Testing 

  • DNA testing has confirmed matches with a 95% confidence between a Brewer and the descendants of the Meadors family (Thomas H. Watts' grandmother, grandparents, great- grandparents and great- great- grandparents going back to the 1500s). 

  • There was a specific match between the tested Brewer and a descendant of John Meadors, Thomas H. Watts' (Emiline's slave owner and father) 2nd great- grandfather (see Family Tree below). 

  • It has been determined that the tested Brewer's 6th great grandfather was John Meadors. Cynthia Porcher, a Watts also shares the same 6th great-grandfather-John Meadors with this Brewer. 

  • There was a match with the tested Brewer and a descendant of Mildred " Milly" Watts; this DNA match links our Brewer and a descendant of Mildred's; both have been determined to be 4th cousins with 95% confidence. There was also a match between our Brewer and a W. Watts. 

  • In addition to the Watts, our Brewer who was tested for DNA  had 49 matches with the Chumney, Vaughn, Dean, Melton, Davis, Grant, McAlister, Hammack, Stanley, Walters, Crabtree, Sutton, Sturgis, Thomason and other families.  Research has verified that all of these families who come from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Texas, California and other states are related to the Watts. 

  • The book Antecedents and Descendants of Rev. Edward Pigg by James C. Pigg establishes family relationships between the Watts, the Vaughn, Dean, Melton, Davis, Grant, Adams, Walters, Sutton, Hall, Sturgis, Thomas, Little, Johnson, and Fox families; all are related to the Watts and had matches with our tested Brewer. 

  • The following are some of our immediate family members with the last name Watts and listed in the Pigg book: Thomas H. (Emiline's father), Townley Blair (Emiline's half- brother), Effie "F" Watts, Ida Allen (Townley's wife), Jake (Townley's son), Jerome and Joel (Thomas H.'s brothers), Ella (Jerome's wife), John Dudley (Thomas H. Watts' son), Lex, Mary, Maude Eugenia and other Watts (see Family Tree below).  

Family Lore

  • Thomas H. Watts was 54-years old when he married Rosa J. Helton in 1859. Prior to his marriage, he had 11 slaves-three adult Black females and 8 young Black females; some of the children were as young as 3/4th of a year old. Eight- year- old Emiline was Slave # 9 in the 1850 Slave Schedule for Thomas H. Watts.

  • Thomas H. Watts gave Arsilla Watts, Emiline's mother fifty acres of land in 1864 or before the end of the Civil War. This deed was filed at the Chesterfield County Courthouse in October 1879 or three months after Thomas H. Watts' death.

  • Emiline named her first child Lavinia for Thomas H. Watts' mother.

  • For generations, family lore has connected the Brewers with the Thomas H. Watts' family. We have five descendants of Townley Watts (Thomas H. Watts' grandchildren) on video sharing their knowledge about the family relationship between the two families.

  • There were very close "sisterly and brotherly" relationships between the descendants of Thomas H. Watts and the Brewers who lived in Pageland. 

  • "F", "Suk" and "Hugie" (Thomas H. Watts' grandchildren and Townley's daughters) told the younger members of the Watts family about their relationship with the Brewers.

  • One of the Watts great-grandchildren has confirmed that her grandmother told her about the relationship between the Watts and Brewers. She was too young, however, to fully comprehend what was said. She does still remembers those conversations.

  • There were close relationships between Jake Watts (Townley's son and Thomas H.'s grandson), a Pageland store owner and the Brewers. Brewer family members frequented the Watts store on a daily or regular basis.

  • In the 1970s, a descendant of Townley Watts (his daughter and Thomas H.'s granddaughter) gave slave papers with the births and deaths of the slaves on the Thomas H. Watts farm to Arthur Brewer, Sr. (See 1977 article on Brewer Reunion). 

  • Through the years, Watts descendants have acknowledged that Thomas H. Watts had a Black slave family. In addition to oral history, these Watts family members have documentation concerning Thomas H. Watts' slave family.

  • We also have documents indicating that members of the Thomas H. Watts family (Thurlow-Thomas H.'s grandson and W.P. Watts) were witnesses for Emiline during her land transfers and sales. 

  • And just recently, several members of the Jerome Watts (Thomas H. Watts' son) family visited Emiline and Robert's graves and put flowers on them (see below).

"Hugie", Mary Mills, "Suk", Townley with other Watts family members

Effie "F" 

The Brewers

 

AMBROSE MEADORS

(?- 1580)

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THOMAS MEADORS  > SARAH MEADORS (SUSSEX CO., ENGLAND)

                                                              (1613-1665)                               ?                          

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                                                THOMAS MEADORS > SARAH HOSKINS MEADORS

                                                     (1638- 1660)                       ?                                

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                                                          JOHN MEADORS     >     AWBREY MEADORS

                                                                                           (1658-1721)    ( ?- Death before 1721)  

Note: Descendant of John Meadors has DNA match with a Brewer

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                                                                                      JASON MEADORS > ELIZABETH STONE

                                                                                                       (1704- 1774)                     ?

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                                    THOMAS HUNTLEY   <     ZILPA SARAH MEADORS/MEADOWS HUNTLEY

                                 (1730-Before April 1802)                                 (1745-1872)

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                                               LAVINIA "VINEY" HUNTLEY WATTS  >  THOMAS WATTS  

                                                             (1770- 1854)                                             (1763- 1841)                       

                                                                                 |

                                                                                                       Mary

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                                                                               Joel

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                                                                                                        Daniel

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                                                                          Nancy Jane

                                                                                                             |

                                                                              Sarah 

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                                                                              Zilphia

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                                                                        Captain Davis W. Watts

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       ROSA J.  HELTON WATTS  <

                   THOMAS H. WATTS                >

              ARSILLA WATTS 

         Married in 1859              

        Emiline's Father/ Slave Owner

           Emiline's Slave Mother

                          (1838- 1897)

             Only Watts Slave Owner          (1805-1879)     

                   (1825- 1879 or after)

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JOHN DUDLEY WATTS > SAPHRONA

(JAMES, BULAH, BOYD, ROSCOE, LESS AND ANNIE)

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   MARY ELIZABETH WATTS

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  THOMAS WILLIAM WATTS

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 ANNA  "ANNIE" LILLIAN WATTS

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DOUGLAS  WATTS

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TOWNLEY WATTS > IDA RILLA 

(EFFIE, MAUD EUGINIA, THOMAS FRANKlIN, ALLEN, SUZAN AUBREY, IDA ELLEN, JAMES, AND MARY)  

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    JEROME DARROW WATTS > ELLA WATTS

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IDA ROSE 

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GARY HAMPTON WATTS

(GROVER, N. RUTH, RUBY, MAY, JOHN, MYRTICE, AND ELBERT)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MARY EMILINE WATTS BREWER  

1842-1925  > 

ROBERT BREWER - 

(LEVI, HALL OR LEE BREWER-FATHER;

LEE AND STEPHEN BREWER - BROTHERS)

                           1835? - 1891

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LAVINIA "VINEY" ANN BREWER GATHINGS

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WILLIAM BREWER

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JOSEPH C. BREWER

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LUGENIA "LULA" BREWER HUNTLEY

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ISAIAH BREWER

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EFFIE BREWER NIVENS

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ROBERT JAMES BREWER

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SARAH BREWER ROBINSON

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THOMAS FRANKLIN BREWER

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HOUSTON BREWER

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REVEREND JABEY BREWER

 

 

(With the exception of Emiline, red highlighting indicates same or similarities in names)

   

 

WATTS VISIT BREWERS' GRAVES IN PAGELAND

 

John Watts from Ridgeway, South Carolina, Jean and Morris Bailey from Ashburn. Virginia and Lindsey Watts from EL Cahon, California (Morris Bailey taking photo) put flowers on Emiline's grave at the Wesley Chapel Church in Pageland.

Jean Bailey, John Watts and Lindsey Watts at Robert Brewer's grave in the Oro United Methodist Church. 

 

 


 

Kym Whitley

Oprah and Cousin William

Joshua Whitley

Cousin Kym's show "Raising Whitley" has been renewed for another season on the OWN television channel.  

Calvin Brown, Jr. is a Producer and Writer now known for Real Husbands of Hollywood on BET.

Cousin William Whitley and Oprah

"Joshua's World" website...go to www.kymwhitley.org for Mommy Tips, Joshua's "Don't Feed" T-shirts, etc.

 

 

 

Metanoya Webb

Brewery Troupe

Brewers on the farm

Reverend Dr. Bill Dargan

Metanoya Webb, daughter of Denize Brewer is a journalist. Check out her piece with BET. Cousin Kym Whitley is on the Red Carpet and in Metanoya's BET video. Click here.
 

 

 

Brad Brewer (Center), creator of the Brewery Troupe,  New York puppetry entertainers.

Emiline is in the news! Check out recent Unityfirst.com National e-Magazine's article about the Brewers and Watts.
 
Cousin Reverend Dr. Bill Dargan discusses his book "Lining Out the Word" in a Black History Month documentary produced online by Yahoo this week. Click here for info on Bill's book! Watch the Yahoo video here!

A get well shout out to Cousin Bill!!!

 

 

With profound sadness, we announce that our cousin Dr. Henry McBride, grandson of Lavinia and Samuel Gathings has passed away. Please reach out to his family and give them support in their hour of need.

 


 

It is with sadness to announce the passing of our cousin Grace Green, the granddaughter of Jerome Watts (son of Thomas H. Watts). She is on the Watts' family page at this site.

 Graveside services for Grace was held on Sunday, October 26th in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Arrangements were made with the Greene Funeral Home, 255 East White Street, Rock Hill, SC 29730; telephone number is 803-327-2051. http://www.greenefuneralhome.net/

 

 

Grace Green and nieces

 

 


Lt. Colonel Leo Gray Young (Ret.), a Tuskegee Airman has contacted us. He was a classmate of Second Lt. Robert C. Robinson, Jr. He remembered that Robert was a quiet young man. When Robert was sent over to Europe, Leo and others remained at Tuskegee. During the Raid on Berlin,  Robert was declared Missing in Action. His remains were returned to the United States; he is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

We thank Lt. Colonel Young for contacting us and sharing his memories of our cousin Second Lt. Robert C. Robinson, Jr. 

 

   

Lt. Colonel Leo Gray Young (Ret.)

 

 


 

Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church      

 

Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church

(Click on image for more information)

Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church...site of our second historic meeting between the Brewers and Watts. 

 

 

 

Center Colored School, School District No. 51, Chesterfield County

 

 

 

 

Members of the Wesley Chapel Church also built the Wesley Chapel School, one of the 5,300 educational institutions known as the famous Rosenwald Schools (1917-1932). At the request of Booker T. Washington, Julius Rosenwald who was the president of Sears, Roebuck provided matching funds for the building of these schools throughout the rural South. In South Carolina, there were approximately 500 built. And it is reported that over one-third of all African-American children in the South in the first half of the twentieth century were educated at a Rosenwald school.

 

Thomas and Nannie Brewer oversaw the Center Colored School in Guess (Mt. Croghan), making the Brewers the overseers, owners and teachers at two Rosenwald-funded schools. Vashit Brewer Dargan taught in the school; some of the Brewer children attended it.

 

Today, the Rosenwald Schools are recognized by the United States Department of the Interior National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places. We are proud to be affiliated with such historic sites.

 

Excerpt from Children Go Where I Send Thee: The Brewers Uncover Their Roots.

 


Famous Brewer Ancestors

Famous Brewer Ancestors

Click on image or here to view

 


 

Do you know who this young man is? Click to find out.

Who is this Brewer?


Proclamations for Brewer Family

Brewer Proclamations

 


Emiline's Mark

 

Emiline signature or mark

Cousins Vanessa Brewer-Tyson and Nelda Brewer Davis found a land deed with Emiline's mark on it. Click on image for larger view.

 


 

Remembering 

Reverend Thomas Elliott Huntley

Reverend Dr. Thomas Elliott Huntley

 

 

(Lula's son was the leader of the 1948 Negro Preachers' “Negro Ministers Prayer March” on Washington). Reverend Huntley was an associate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His letters to Dr. King are located at the King Center's Archives. See below.....

http://www.thekingcenter.org/archive/document/letter-thomas-elliott-huntley-mlk-0

 

 

 


Thomas Brewer

Thomas Coleman Brewer, Jr. was also killed in action during the Viet Nam War. For more information, click here.

 


Arthur Brewer

Arthur Brewer, Sr., President of the Chesterfield Garment Corp and long time teacher in Pageland.

 

Dora SIS Brewer

Dora "Sis" Brewer Vance, a teacher in Pageland who held many watermelon feasts at family reunions in her yard. 

 


Brewer Family Member's Trips to Africa and Other Countries

Thomas Snooks Nivens

Snooks in Ghana

 

Thomas Snooks Nivens, Host of the first Brewer Family Reunion with children in Ghana, West Africa. Thomas and his wife traveled to 10 countries in Africa as well as China, Japan, Korea, Europe, South America, the Caribbean, Hawaii and Alaska. Learn about your African roots!

Like his grandparents Robert and Emiline Brewer who built churches, Snooks co-founded the Westbury Community Church in Westbury, Long Island, New York. Building a church was in his DNA!

 

 

 


Lillie Brewer Atkinson

Lillie Brewer Atkinson who first documented the Brewer history.


 

Joyce Whitley

Joyce Whitley who wrote the first Brewer Reunion Book for the 1991 Brewer Reunion.

Brewer Reunions 1971-2012

Prior Reunions

 
 

 

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