With Black History Month approaching, we are reminded through cultural signifiers and celebrations to remember the complicated History of Black Americans in the U.S. With my recent travels to the South to learn more about my family, this association with History takes on a profound meaning. In a failed attempt to discover what paperwork exists documenting a story past beyond my great-great grandfather’s, I am realizing that for Black people, paperwork and legal documentation is not what embodies our experiences or keeps our family’s stories alive. It is what we have created in that absence of it, and the mechanisms by which…