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Issue No. 2
April 15, 2013
Two Sides

Audrey Peterson, Editor
Ralph Ellison believed "there are two sides to history the written and unwritten", and so do we hence the name of this newsletter. Here we'll attempt to make that second history, that "obscure" history, unwritten no longer.   
 A Troublesome Thing

While the idea of black slave owners is nothing new to most people these days, it is nonetheless disturbing for a few reasons. It brings an ache to the gut, or heart. A sadness. A feeling of betrayal. It is that sinking feeling you get when you reach that point in a ...

From The Archives

American Legacy founder and publisher Rodney J. Reynolds receiving giant poster signed by students from Morris Adler Elementary School in Southfield, MI. (February 2012)

History Keepers

A wealthy and free black man in antebellum North Carolina?

A rare thing indeed. But master craftsman and cabinetmaker Thomas Day was such a man, sought after by the wealthiest tobacco farmers for his hand built classically inspired furniture. He would count two governors and the University of 

The (Back) Story


 Photographer Sarah Hoskins' mission is not so much to preserve history, as to keep people and places from passing into history, without acknowledgement or notice, understanding or regard. This has been her passion since she began 13 years ago to create a visual record of hamlets near Lexington, Kentucky, small villages founded by ex-slaves and...


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