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Avery Institute

The Avery Institute was the school which Archibald and Francis Grimke attended when it opened at the end of the Civil War. This video traces the history of the school.

What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

This is a great song, sung by a great performer:

Documentary – “Freedom Riders”

Steven Nero has produced an excellent documentary on the Freedom Riders, those who campaigned against segregation.

The Grimke Sisters

I would like to introduce you to a website – – 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 –

Rance/Ransom Drayton

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

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