THURSDAY - OCTOBER 12, 2023 - 7:00 P.M
LAURENS COUNTY MUSEUM
HISTORIC PUBLIC SQUARE
LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, a native of Laurens County and a nationally known genealogist. She was born in Laurens County but moved with her family to Brooklyn, New York when she was a child. She earned a BA from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City of New York, and both a Law degree and a Master of Law degree from New York University. Her career as a tax lawyer included service on the staff of the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation of the US Congress during the period that saw enactment of the historic Tax Reform Act of 1986. She retired from the practice of law after thirty five years and now works full-time as a professional genealogist, writer and lecturer whose focus is on African American families with roots in the American South, particularly the Carolinas. Although a longtime resident of Washington, DC, she also maintains a home in Laurens County on land that has been handed down from her great-grandfather Garrett.
LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson’s books include:
- A Guide to Researching African American Ancestors in Laurens County, South Carolina, and Selected Finding Aids.
- The Source: the Garrett, Neely, and Sullivan families- over two hundred years of African American history, beginning in Laurens County, South Carolina
- The Source of our Pride: the Garrett, Neely, and Sullivan families: two hundred years of African American history, beginning in Laurens County, South Carolina.