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14 Wharfside Street — Charleston, SC 29401
Jun 20, 2019
I know I am very
busy these days, but you can catch up with me if you know what you have to talk
about happens to be important to you. This time, little did I know that what
Rebecca Byrd had to discuss with me was just as important to me.
First of all, I
thought Rebecca was expecting me to be in Charleston, SC. I had received notice
from Toni Carrier that someone wanted to interview me. I had no plans to be in
Charleston. I knew I had plans to be in Columbia, SC on June 15 later in the
evening. I e-mailed Rebecca and told her we could met earlier in the afternoon
I sent my phone number
during our drive on the day we were supposed to meet. I decided we would meet in Richland Library’s Walker Local and
Family History Center because that would give me a chance to check resources I am working on. I found out that Rebecca
lives in Charlotte, NC and is attending UNC Charlotte. We were both driving to meet in Columbia. How amazing
She interviewed me right there in the Walker Local and Family History Center,
but what I learned from her is priceless. She grew up in Boston, MA on the same
street that Susie Taylor King lived after she moved from the South. She has
been to her grave in Mattapan, MA, and she has no marker. Rebecca is working on
I am proud of the fact we can make friends across age and geographical
boundaries. I am proud I can support Rebecca. I am proud that I can learn from
her. The device she used to record the interview is a Zoom H5
Handy Recorder. I
am getting one.
What brought us together? Susie King Taylor did. Her story needs to be
told. Why? We will be able to better tell the stories of our own ancestors by
showing a appreciation for this woman who freed herself and fought for the 33rd Untied States Colored Troops and beyond.
Have you read Reminiscences of My Life in
of My Life in Camp with the 33d United States Colored Troops Late 1st
S. C. Volunteers by Susie King Taylor.
Have you ever met anyone for the first time, and they were
able to tell you something about ancestor or historical figure that you did not
know? Have you formulated the questions that you want answered? Let us know in our
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