African American Descendants’ Quest

LOST IDENTITIES: Local historian searches for 16 slaves owned by a president

Part two of a two-part series.  Even former presidents can suffer financial woes. For James Madison, U.S. president from 1809 to 1817, this meant selling off pieces of his estate toward the end of his life—including 16 people he owned. “I’m pretty convinced it wasn’t what he wanted to do,” said local historian Zann Nelson, …