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Liv and Steven Tyler Discover Their Black Lineage

rfocus.orgIn America you can pretty much count on one thing when it comes to the history and lineage of this country – everyone is probably a little mixed.  At some point most us will discover that we have blended heritage.  This realization just came true for actress Liv Tyler and her famous rock legend father, .  

On the latest episode of the tlc show,”On Who Do You Think You Are?,” Liv Tyler was overwhelmed with joy to discover that her multi-great grandfather, Robert Elliot was considered a black man or  at least mixed.  According to historical records he was considered “mulatto.”  By definition a “mulatto” is a person of mixed white and black ancestry, especially a person with one white and one black parent.

It was also revealed that Robert served as a drummer boy during the Siege of Plattsburgh, a battle that occurred during the War of 1812.  The beauty or irony in this reveal is Liv’s father, Steven Tyler also got his start as a drummer.  Robert’s offspring, George also served as a drummer boy during the Civil war so the musical lineage in their family is strong. 

Liv was also able to attain a picture of her long lost relative George which led her to tell her very famous dad about their black roots.  When Steven learned of their African-American heritage all he had to say was, “I always felt akin to black people, always.”


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