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Last Updated: Thursday, 22 March 2007, 12:19 GMT
Student uncovers slave descent
A student reporting on the anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade has discovered that she herself is descended from slaves.

Lois from Eltham Hill Technology College for Girls
Lois was "astonished" to find out she was descended from slaves
Lois, aged 13, from Eltham Hill Technology College for Girls has lots of relatives in Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. But she always wondered why she had a white person's surname, and not a black African name.

Her father told her it was because her ancestors were slaves and were forced to take their masters' family name.

"I found it quite astonishing when I found out," she said. "I felt kind of weird and also angry."

Now she has the opportunity to report on the issue which is currently making headlines as it is the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the Slave Trade Act.

Her school is putting together a TV bulletin for School Report which will also cover the rebuilding of the school and how green it is, depleted fish stocks and whether cod should be on the school dinner menu and the death of Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer.


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