Finding Your Roots

Lena Waithe Learns Grim Statistics on Slave Life Expectancy

Clip: Season 8 Episode 7 | 1m 22s | Video has closed captioning.

“I think there’s a level of ‘not being able to understand’ that I don’t think will ever come. It’s not meant to be understood.” Lena Waithe learns that the life expectancy of slaves on a sugar plantation was seven to nine years.

Aired: 02/15/22

Rating: NR

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A new season of Finding Your Roots premieres January 4, 2022 at 8/7c! Tune in for all-new episodes as Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores fascinating ancestries and family mysteries for an array of notable guests.

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