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Re: Senate Report - Negro Exodus from Southern Sta

I read the Report with great interest and noted particularly the date of 9 Mar 1880.

My paternal family lines are of North Carolona origin, primarily the Tarboro area of Edgecombe County. They settled in Indiana following the Civil War. This report lists Greencastle, Terre Haute & Vigo County. Indiana. My grandparents were married in Greencastle and my father was born in Greencastle (1894). His older half-siblings were born in Edgecombe County, NC. The time frame was the late 1870's when the Rev. John H. Clay, an African Methodist Episcopal (AME) minister served west-central Indiana.

There is a case study of the Black Exodus to Greencastle, Indiana from North Carolina found in "Indiana's African - American Heritage" edited by Ms. Wilma L. Gibbs. The study by Arnold Cooper is titled " Rev. John H. Clay and the Black Exodus to Greencastle, Indiana: A Case Study of AME Church Leadership".

Thanks ever so much for your Post. Now to go back and re-visit my records concerning Greencastle, IN and the surrounding area.

Art Thomas


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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