as i continue to read and do research in the area of my family history, i realize more and more just how many and varied the stories are, yet to each of us it seems as if our own story is 'the' story. Whether it's the stories of former slaves, of the various native american tribes, of the 'mulattos,' and probably even of the oppressors, there are unique experiences in every region. back east, there must be unique experiences about every twenty square miles. i am finding it fascinating to read all these different accounts, often finding something i can relate to, or that applies to my family. of course, i am mostly reading about the east coast where my mother's people are from.
i now realize that my mother's father's people, in particular, come closest to what used to be called 'free people of color,' or sometimes 'the intermediate class.' dr. pauli murray, a harvard graduate, writes a great deal about free people of color and also about slave-mulattos (the progeny of white slave-owners and their slaves) in her book 'proud shoes.' one of the most poignant, for me, stories in the book relates to how much the offspring of the family that endowed or founded the university of north carolina longed to partake of its education, but could not, because of their color-status. even dr. murray was turned down by the institution when she applied, and she had to take her undergraduate degree elsewhere. she chose a good school, but still the pain of applying to a school created by your own direct ancestor and being rejected despite her excellent qualifications - i'm sorry, but that is just totally dysfunctional to say the least. later she graduated from harvard law school, no mean feat.
i'd like to share with you a site dedicated to a people i feel are very familiar to me. it's called 'the minqua people of the welsh mountains of southeastern pennsylvania' and here is the link. these are some lovely, gracious people, people i know both of my parents respected to the nines because of their excellent values and manner of living, and my mother felt herself and her family to be a part of. i hope you'll enjoy the site as it gets rolling.