September 15, 1963 · Birmingham, Alabama Virgil Lamar Ware, 13, was riding on the handlebars of his brother’s bicycle when he was fatally shot by white teenagers. The white youths had come from a segregationist rally held in the aftermath of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing.
"Yes’m, I saw some slaves sold away from the plantation, four men and two women, both of ‘em with little babies. The traders got ‘em. Sold ‘em down to Mobile, Alabama. One was my pappy’s sister. We never heard from her again. I saw a likely young feller sold for $1500… That was my Uncle Ike. Marse (Master) Jonathan Spease bought him and kep’ him the rest of his life.” - Betty Cofer, North Carolina, WPA Slave Narratives. c. 1900 Texas.
Wow... just wow. Flora Stewart was 117 years old when this photo was taken in New Hampshire in 1867. That means she was born in 1750. She saw this country founded and lived to see the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and the end of slavery. She saw George Washington and Abraham Lincoln as Presidents. And look at her: as regal as any Queen who ever reigned.