New Legacy Puget Sound was the first Coming to the Table Local Group formed in 2008 in the Seattle, Washington area when a group of six women, three African American and three white, began meeting roughly once every month or two for almost two years. In the beginning, meetings were largely unstructured. They met at one another’s homes, sharing food, stories and dialogue. Eventually the group agreed to start sharing their stories related to slavery and its legacy in a more organized way.
In 2010, they named themselves New Legacy Puget Sound (NLPS). They contracted with CTTT to offer a six-week class called “Healing Together: Addressing Slavery in Our Families’ Histories.” NLPS members designed the course, developed an application process, created a simple, inexpensive website, and began advertising the class to organizations and individuals.
Ten people were accepted into the class – five who descended from enslaved people (some of whom also descended from enslavers), and five who descended from enslavers (and not from enslaved people). The purpose of the class was to support participants in researching family connections to slavery, exploring the meaning those connections have for them today, and healing. Participants continued meeting after the class ended. NLPS subsequently offered a second class and has sponsored author appearances and film screenings in the Seattle area.
More information about the class is available on the CTTT website in the free, downloadable guide “Healing Together: Addressing Slavery in Our Families’ Histories.”