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Many African Americans do not consider ourselves "immigrants" in the US narrative. This term is about people immigrating from elsewhere in search of a better life. It implies choosing to be here. African slaves were brought here against their will and as property. With my maternal grandmother's family, her great grandmother Emily Latimer is listed on the 1860 Hancock County slave register as property. My grandmother's grandmother was also born a slave in 1859. My mother's father, born in 1910 may have been the first generation of his family born free. I'm just not sure when his father was born -- in the 1860s.