Freddie speaks to the other family members at the ceremony.
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Freddie speaks to the other family members at the ceremony.

Cummingsville cemetery sits on the banks of the Savannah River. That’s where the first members of the Scott-West family — who were brought to America as slaves — are buried.  On a recent windy day four generations of the family gathered to anoint the grave of an ancestor and create a new family tradition.

We interviewed the Scott-West family to hear about the history of the Libation Ceremony.

Four generations of Scott-West family watch as the ceremony begins.
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Four generations of Scott-West family watch as the ceremony begins.
Elijah West, a family member in the Scott-West gravesite.
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Elijah West, a family member in the Scott-West gravesite.
The family gathers around the headstone to honor their loved ones.
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The family gathers around the headstone to honor their loved ones.
The Scott-West family
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The Scott-West family
Freddie uses a ceremonial tea kettle to annoint the gravesite.
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Freddie uses a ceremonial tea kettle to annoint the gravesite.
Janie Scott, one of the family members in the Scott-West gravesite.
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Janie Scott, one of the family members in the Scott-West gravesite.