Steven Nero has produced an excellent documentary on the Freedom Riders, those who campaigned against segregation.
I would like to introduce you to a website – http://www.thegrimkesisters.com/ – dedicated to the memory of the Grimke sisters – abolitionists and advocates of women’s rights. Lani Peterson and Susan Lenoe do dramatic presentations of the Grimke sisters – mainly in the North-East of the country. I know they would welcome opportunities to go down to the city with so many associations with the Grimkes. Here is the link to the video of them re-enacting the occasion when Angelina was the first woman to address the Massachusetts Legislature in 1836 –
Here are the research findings on the Drayton family from Rance / Ransom born in South Carolina and moving to Helena, Arkansas, where he died. It would be interesting where in SC he was born and why he and his family left SC – lack of jobs or racism or both?
After further research I believe I discovered that Rance’s parents’ names were Jack and Susan, and they lived in Statesburg Township in Sumter County, SC. Jack was a farmer and his eldest children were farm labourers. Read more
Here are the 1880 and 1910 Census Records for Adams Run – which feature the name – Aaron Drayton. I’m in touch with an Aaron Drayton, who told me that the one featured in both is his great-grandfather. Both grandfather and his father were also named Aaron. You will notice that there is a Phillis Drayton, who is mother of the Aaron featured, but no father. We have yet to discover who he was, and why the name Drayton was chosen. Also who was Phillis? It is going to be difficult to find out. I have also attached an obituary notice of a Maybell Drayton, wife of the late Joseph Drayton. Read more
If you like what you have heard in the music pieces, why not purchase either as a set or as individual pieces ~”Dreampeace”~ here is the link: http://soundcloud.com/tracks/search?q[fulltext]=bill+grimke+drayton&q[type]&q[duration]