Screening of "Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to China"


238 W 23rd St,
Chicago, IL 60616


May 19, 2018
2:00 pm
4:00 pm

Join the Chinese American Museum of Chicago for a special screening of "Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to China" with a personal appearance by Executive Producer Paula Williams Madison.

Three successful black siblings from Harlem discover their heritage by searching for clues about their long-lost Chinese grandfather, Samuel Lowe. Retired NBC Universal executive, Paula Williams Madison and her brothers, Elrick and Howard Williams, were raised in the U.S. by their Chinese Jamaican mother, Nell Vera Lowe who encouraged them to realize their rags-to-riches American dream. In order to fulfil a promise to their mother to connect with her estranged Chinese father's people, they embark on a journey to uncover their ancestral roots. 

As the mystery of their grandfather's life unfolds, the trio travel to Jamaica, learning that their grandfather had a life there similar to their own, starting with humble beginnings and ending with successful business ownership. But in 1933, he left Jamaica, returning to China for good. Taking family tree research to an epic proportion, the siblings and 16 of their family members travel to two Chinese cities, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. Together, they visit their family's ancestral village, finding documented lineage that dates their family back 3,000 years to 1006 BC. The trip culminates in an emotional and unforgettable family reunion with 300 of their grandfather's Chinese descendants.

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