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Join me in Atlanta – March 14 2015

Come Support the Faith + Community Launch Event This is the year we commemorate the 150th anniversary of America’s constitutional affirmation of freedom – the 13th Amendment. Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI) wants to help shine a light on modern forms of slavery. Faith + Community is a national initiative that will provide training and Read More

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Farewell Party for Mr. and Mrs. Keesey

I love old small time newspapers for their local color stories and coverage of parties and family events. While researching on Newspaper.com, I found this one about my grandparents. As I read it I was reminded of a photograph that I had somewhere in my office.  I dug out the picture (I have GOT to Read More

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Daguerreotypist Augustus Washington and John Brown’s body

I found an extremely interesting article  today about Augustus Washington, his photography shop in Connecticut and the infamous daguerreotype of John Brown.  The article appeared in the San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper and can be read in its entirety here.   In related daguerreotype news –  Please join me in supporting a truly Read More

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Obituary – Bertha Adams Cook

In a box of treasures from a cousin I found a copy of this obituary. Bertha Alice Adams Cook was the second child of Annie and Samuel Adams, and John Brown’s granddaughter. She passed away quietly at home in December, 1959, one hundred years after the hanging of our famous ancestor. ******* Times StandardEureka CA18 Read More