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50 Years a slave: Rachel Findley’s story continues to receive media coverage

Thomas Nast's portrayal of the emancipation of Southern slaves with the end of the Civil War
Thomas Nast’s portrayal of the emancipation of Southern slaves with the end of the Civil War

Journalist Catherine Komp at Radio station 88.9 WCVE in Virginia, an NPR affiliate, did a short piece on Rachel Findley’s fight to free herself and her children from an illegal enslavement.

The segment provides more information about how Rachel Findley’s story came to light and the ceaseless (and probably thankless) efforts of Wytheville resident Mary Kegley to bring such stories to light. you can catch the segment here (transcript available on the site): http://ideastations.org/radio/news/virginia-currents-50-years-slave-hidden-history-rachel-findlay

One thought on “50 Years a slave: Rachel Findley’s story continues to receive media coverage

  1. I am connected to this family thru Lewis and Mary Drew. I heard part of the story from my Great Grand Mother.

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