Marvin Humes has been left stunned after discovering one of his ancestors was a slave master.
The JLS singer’s four-times great grandad John Brown owned 20 acres of land in Jamaica and had two workers, despite his own parents once being slaves.
Marvin, 33, said: “I didn’t even know that black people had slaves.
“That was shocking to me.”
The dad-of-two made his discovery on a trip to the Caribbean for BBC show Who Do You Think You Are? which has already featured the likes of Olivia Colman, Danny Dyer and Boy George.
Marvin found his five-times paternal great grandfather Edward Brown’s freedom from slavery was bought for £160 by “a mystery woman of colour” in 1818.
That meant Edward’s son John was free to buy his land.
But he was relieved to learn that a black master was more likely to treat slaves as workers, or even family.
He said: “That made me feel better.”
Marvin also discovered his great gran Mabel died in an asylum after her husband fled with another woman.
- Who Do You Think You Are? August 6, BBC1, 9pm.
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