In Search of the Meaning of "Mozingo"
May 19, 2010 10:13 AM Subscribe
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Joe Mozingo had always been told that his family name was "maybe Italian." In a three-part article
in the L.A. Times, the "blue-eyed, surfing son of a dentist" journalist discovers that the Mozingo name actually traces back to an African slave freed in 1672.
What starts out as a genealogical mystery ends up being a profound and compelling meditation on race, then and now.
: Mozingo discovers that his last name is actually Bantu (not Italian or French Basque), gets in touch with some people who share the name (some of them white, some of them black) and finds the connection to Edward Mozingo.
: Talking to a fellow Mozingo genealogist, researching his family history in rural Virginia, and attending a family reunion in Indiana, Mozingo makes the unsurprising discovery that not everyone in the family is particularly excited to be descendents of a black slave.
: Meeting various other Mozingo families, black and white alike, leads to new conceptions of race and its role, then and now.