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Host Faruq Tauheed takes half-siblings Michelle and Rob to Mexico City, where they discover their relation to a famous Mexican political family and learn that their second cousin Ernesto gave the keys to Mexico City to President John F. Kennedy.

NBC
1 Season, 8 Episodes
May 11, 2020
Cast: Faruq Tauheed
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Roots Less Traveled Full Episode Guide

  • Host Faruq Tauheed looks back at memorable moments, including a relative who gave John F. Kennedy the keys to Mexico City, a connection to downtown Havana, Cuba, and an African American ancestor who owned land in Tennessee before the Civil War.

  • Father and daughter Paul and Kalina visit a Civil War battleground in Virginia to discover Paul's great-grandfather Austin D. Springer was a Union Army drummer boy who was taken prisoner by the Confederate Army but escaped and hid in slave huts.

  • An uncle and his nephew travel to Havana, Cuba, to learn about the uncle's grandfather, who owned and developed 34 blocks of downtown Havana, including the now-famous suburban neighborhood Buena Vista, but lost his riches in a political coup.

  • An aunt and a nephew go on an adventure in Brooklyn to learn about their relation to undertaker John Baisley, who helped bury the city's dead in the 1856 epidemic, and to James Howell, who was an integral part in building the Brooklyn Bridge.

  • Mom and son Sharee and Davone travel to Nashville, Tenn., where they learn that their fourth great-grandfather Larkin Ford was a part of an 1840s landmark Tennessee case in which he was awarded the farm that he worked on as a slave.

  • Host Faruq Tauheed takes brother and sister Ashley and Elliott back to their grandparents' hometown of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. During their trip, they get a sailing lesson and learn that their fifth great-grandfather Henry Osborn was taken prisoner on a boat in the Revolutionary War. While feasting on lobster, they discover that their third great-grandfather Samuel Osborn went from debtor's prison to owning a fleet of whaling ships. A surprise visit from their parents allows them to share their found history.

  • Host Faruq Tauheed takes half-siblings Michelle and Rob to Mexico City, where they discover their relation to a famous Mexican political family and learn that their second cousin Ernesto gave the keys to Mexico City to President John F. Kennedy.

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