DeTeasa Brown Gathers
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DeTeasa, founding Co-chair of the Descendants of Enslaved Communities at the University of Virginia, is a native of Charlottesville and a long-term employee of the University of Virginia and First Baptist Church-West Main. DeTeasa's love for Ancestry escalated in the past few years after learning that the Memorial to Enslaved Labors designed a memory marker for each of the 4,000 Ancestors. It became necessary to locate additional descendants and create a community of their voices and oral histories for 'We all should know who we are...'. DeTeasa also serves her community as a tour guide for Beloved Community Charlottesville and as an Advisor for the Birth Sisters of Charlottesville and the Perkin's House.