PBS family heritage television series to feature Frankford family

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FRANKFORD – A Sussex County family will be showcased next week on the Public Broadcasting Service.

On Wednesday, Feb. 10, the PBS series “Our American Family” will share the story of the Clark family of Frankford.

The episode will broadcast coast-to-coast on the PBS World Channel at 7 p.m. (EST). The local PBS World Channel is WHYY digital sub-channel 12.3.

Rebroadcasts will air Feb. 11 (12 a.m., 8 a.m., and 2 p.m.), Feb. 13 (1:30 p.m.), and Feb 16 (6 p.m.).

“Our American Family” focuses on the history of families during the time period from 1900 to the 1950s, to hear first-hand what it meant to be a family during this simpler time, before the world changed.  The series seeks out everyday families with extraordinary stories, to document our American family heritage, one family at a time, and inspire viewers to capture their own family stories – before those voices are gone.

The series highlights the need to document the history of one’s families before its elders have passed on.

Episode summary: For generations, the Clark family of Frankford has shown tremendous support of one another as members faced hard times with tender loyalty. Our American Family: The Clarks traces the lives of this African-American family with seven children as they employ humor, resourcefulness and respect for all to move through the Depression, WWII and racial tension.

A link to a preview of the episode is at www.ouramericanfamilytv.com.

The fifth episode in the series, “The Clarks” had the distinct honor of being the first African-American family featured and the journey to create the finished product was lengthy.

In early January 2014, show writer and researcher Michael Nolan contacted family historian and genealogist Kimberly Chase-Longus after discovering her website. She started it in 2006 to document the thousands of descendants of her 3rd-great-grandparents Mary Gray and George Welburn of southeastern Sussex County. Deciding which individual family to document was difficult, but they finally chose the children and grandchildren of the late Emma Andrews and Albert Clark Sr. Their great-granddaughter Cassandra Manuel-Taylor, the liaison between Nolan and the family, assisted with much of the filming preparations.

The interviews and reenactments were filmed in August 2014 at Antioch African Methodist Episcopal Church and its historic campground during the church’s 122nd annual camp meeting celebration.

Reverend Dania Griffin and other church members participated as reenactors. Interviewee Albert Clark Jr., the oldest surviving child of Emma and Albert Clark, will celebrate his 100th birthday on Feb. 12.

Information on the Our American Family series and a preview of this episode can be found on OurAmericanFamilyTV.com. The “Set Station” link on WorldChannel.org can be used to determine local PBS World affiliates. Antioch A.M.E. Church was founded in 1856. Antioch Camp Meeting, also known as “Frankford Camp” began in 1892 and is recognized as a state historical site. The GrayWelburn.com website is owned and managed by Kimberly Chase-Longus.

Kimberly Chase-Longus can be reached preferably via email at Kim@GrayWelburn.com or at (240) 229-7811.

Cassandra Manuel-Taylor can be reached preferably via email at ckmanuel11@gmail.com or at 745-4559.

Reverend Dania Griffin can be reached via email at revdrgriffin@aol.com.

Antioch A.M.E. Church is located at 194 Clayton Avenue in Frankford, Delaware and can be reached at 732-1005.

Our American Family is a product of Legacy Media LLC, located at 188 Front Street, Suite 116-67, Franklin, Tennessee. Email them at info@ouramericanfamilytv.com.

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