On Monday’s The Real, genealogist Kenyatta Berry joins the panel of hosts to go over the results of their DNA tests, which reveal clues about their ancestors.
“A lot of the slaves that came to the U.S., and some to the Caribbean as well, were from West Africa,” Berry explains to host Tamera Mowry-Housley, whose results showed West African ancestry.
“I do know that my great-grandmother and my great-grandfather lived in the Bahamas, and I didn’t know exactly how they got to the Bahamas,” Mowry-Housley recalls. “But I do know, by history, that it was owned by England at one point.”
Berry confirms for the panel that slaves from West Africa would have been brought to the Bahamas, though slavery was abolished in the island country in 1834, 31 years before the 13th Amendment abolished slavery in the United States.
“That’s why you have that West African percentage,” Berry explains to Mowry-Housley. “Because your ancestors who were slaves survived and made it here.”
The Real host grows emotional at the “beautiful” news, and while it came as a surprise, she says it explains even more about her family today.
“Our family, we are survivors,” she says. “So, now I know where we got it from. That’s not a surprise to me.”