New Bern, North Carolina
(The Albertype Co. Brooklyn NY)
|Seattle Daily Times
November 1, 1965
|Seattle Daily Times
January 25, 1965
Then looking through Ancestry online newspapers I find in the Tucson Daily Citizen reporting the same incident with more detail and other bombings in the South
|Tucson Daily Citizen
January 25, 1965
Courtesy of Ancestry.com
All of this is relative to me as my Uncle was a National CORE Vice President and trained those going to the South as Freedom Riders. My father served as President of the NAACP, San Diego Branch, and was a Social Activist during the Civil Rights Movement. When my father served the NAACP, he received calls threatening his life and of his family. “May we live through the struggle, and may we all be triumphant.” ~ypm
*We were Negroes in the 60’s.
***Update My Cousin Michaud Robinson informed me that the founders of oscar’s mortuary were Oscar and Grace Becton Dove and not Oscar Godette as was stated in the newspaper articles. Also Michaud informed me that Oscar is a distant cousin of his. (Thank you Michaud for the info!)
The history of the Mortuary on the website: Oscars Mortuary Website
Oscar’s Mortuary, Inc. was founded January 16, 1960 by Oscar Roosevelt Dove and wife, Grace Becton Dove. They founded and operated the business to provide quality service in the field of funeral service to the families served. In the early 60’s Oscar’s involvement in the Civil Rights movement resulted in the Mortuary being targeted by the Klu Klux Klan; crosses were burned and the building was bombed.
His death in 1975 and the Grace’s death in 2010 will not stop their work for it lives on in their children and grandchildren who have followed in their footsteps. The staff has been active in Civil Rights, Voting Drives, Mental Health Association, Senior Citizens Programs, Craven County Hospice, Craven County Planning and Zoning Board, Craven County Outreach Organization, YMCA Board, Chamber of Commerce, Cancer Fundraising Drives, MS Bike Tour and Planning Committee, Habitat for Humanity Board, Meals on Wheels, RCS Board, and hold memberships in the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Neuse-Pamlico Sound Women’s Coalition, Inc., the Funeral Directors and Morticians Association of North Carolina, Inc. and North Carolina Funeral Directors Association, NAACP, Knights of Columbus, Jazz Preservation Society of New Bern, George B. Willis Masonic Lodge, and Zeno Temple Elks Lodge.
I am dedicating this blog post to my genealogy friend and Colleague Andrea Kelleher of How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey. I was swept in by her recent post Those Places Thursday on Sunday: Donnell Hyde Farm, NC
I thought that her idea of using Youtube video’s was a wonderful idea in sharing the history of the towns that our Ancestors lived. I really wanted to follow her lead and decided to do the same. I am attaching a few videos of New Bern, North Carolina that I thought was very informative as my family has had deep roots within this historical community.
This next film is of a Battle of New Bern Reenactment. This battle is reenacted every year. The Union Troops subdued the Confederate Troops early on.
For more information of New Bern, NC history go to this link as a starting point. New Bern North Carolina History
25 March 1922
Charlotte, North Carolina
DADDY OF FORTY-SEVEN CELEBRATED BIRTHDAY
NEW BERN, March 24-
A.S. Shields, a negro preacher who is the father of 47 children, celebrated his 72nd birthday today with a fair gathering of his children around him. All but five of his children are living. He married a second time 18 years ago and has had 17 children by this marriage. Shields was a slave in a family of which representative Claude Kitchin and former Governor W.W. Kitchin are members. He preaches his sermons in a church he owns himself.
“Document Day” is a daily post for any day of the week. I have a large saved collection of Shoebox Documents from Ancestry.com to be evaluated over time as I am building my family tree. I felt it necessary to share and post what I have so that it might be helpful to myself and to those who might be searching the same surnames in the same locale.
|Izora “Whittington” Martin Carter
|Sylvester W. Carter Death Certificate
|Sylvester W. Carter
Evergreen Cemetery, New Bern NC
Stories and facts about our families are handed down through written and oral history. With today’s methods of online access to records, it has made it easier for family historians & researchers to find some documents without having to leave the comfort of one’s home. With the documents discovered, it allows the researcher to confirm and collaborate that the stories told are accurate.
|Hannah Gilliam or sister Jane B. Collins
(Gail Cully Middleton Collection)
My mother shared with me that my Great Great Grandmother’s name was Hannah Gilliam, and she had been born into slavery. She also shared that she was very fair complected, and that her father had been the slave owner (This has yet to be confirmed).
Hannah had helped care for her daughter Nora’s children, as Nora had many and was continuously trying to recover from one pregnancy to the next. It was not difficult for me to find information about Hannah during this time period (1900-1910) as she was residing in her daughter Nora’s and Son-in-law Ambrose Cully’s home in Worcester, MA. I even made a trip to Worcester, MA to get more information on Hannah such as her place of rest.
|Cemetery where Hannah and many family members are buried
|Freedman Bank Records Jane B. Collins,
Hannah Gilliam’s sister
I have listed Singleton as one of the Slave Owner’s surname’s as I have found in other documents as Hannah being listed as a Singleton.
Researching on FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com, I have been able to find documents by inputting surnames and locals without adding a first name. This is one way I have discovered relatives such as children, cousins, and siblings. The document below is one I found on FamilySearch by using this method.
I discovered Hannah had a son by the name of Joseph Daniel Gilliam and that he married a Mary Frances Boswell. It is possible they had children, and will do further investigation so that I could possibly locate their descendants, and my cousins.
I feel excited that I may be one step closer in documenting My Great Great Grandmother’s life in slavery. I hope to in the near future to go to New Bern, North Carolina for further investigation.