Monthly Archives: March 2015

Week 3 — Tough Woman, Effie Cordelia Thomas (#15)

The topic “tough woman” doesn’t narrow the field for me.  After all, I’m a 5th generation native-born Texan . . . apparently, we like it tough, but one of the toughest I know is my great-grandmother Effie. Effie was born … Continue reading

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Citizen Archivist

In December 2013, I had the pleasure of working with archivists of the National Archives at Fort Worth on their project of transcribing inbound ships’ slaves manifests from the Port of New Orleans.  I was allowed to personally handle the … Continue reading

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Week 2: King, Alfred Joseph Carr (#46)

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward. When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, spoke those words, I’m sure he … Continue reading

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Week 1: Fresh Start, David L. Darden (#34)

It was 1870 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. David Lemuel Darden, a physician living and working in his native Tuscaloosa, reported that he was living with his seven children, ranging from age 2 to age 16, and a 69-year-old woman named Agnes. … Continue reading

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