(Good Morning America) It was a meeting 181 years in the making as Nkrumah Steward, a slave descendant, and Robert Adams, a plantation owner, sat down with their families to enjoy a lovely dinner on the same South Carolina property where Steward's family was once owned.
"This was not about the past," Steward, 44, of Canton, Michigan, told ABC News of the surreal experience. "This was not about, ‘Let's try to fix things that we can't ever change.' This was about, ‘My name is Nkrumah Steward,' and ‘My name is Robert Adams, pleasure to meet you, cousin. Let's get to know each other.'"
The two men, one black and one white, are indeed cousins, linked by years of history that Steward has chronicled on his blog.
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