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A tribute to venerable great-grandfather, born a slave

22 days ago   |   By Boston Herald

As we embark upon Black History Month, I frequently think about my great-grandfather, who was born a slave in North Carolina in 1834. I think of how he made education such a vital part of his life, as he was allowed to read when reading was against the law for most Blacks. He shared the word of the Bible with the community, and founded the first school in the area for newly freed slaves. The one-room Edney Chapel Primitive Baptist Church founded in 1870 not only helped to educate my mother, other relatives and the community but did so well into the mid 20th century. Today a sign stands...
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