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Re: Photographs~Basis for writing
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The first time I saw this picture was 2 years ago at our family reunion, and come to find out, it was never too far away from me, going by the person that had it. It has always been in the family..close by, with one of my aunts that use to live right down the street from me, and when she died, her daughter gained possession of it.

The first time I saw the picture of my Great Great Grandmother, Emma Rutledge, my paternal grandmother's maternal grandmother, I said 'Who is this slave?' The picture was that of a lady, who was sitting down. She was heavy set, her skirt was touching the ground. Her blouse was long sleeved and around her neck, a scarf was tied. I can't tell if she's wearing a belt or not, as her breast are below the belt line, almost looks like their resting on her lap. She is very dark with a half smile. Her hair is short and nappy, I don't know, it could be in one of those little buns in the back. The border of the picture is white, with her image in the middle, surrounded by a background shadow. No trees,no nothing for me to tell how I could date when it was taken.
I first found Emma Rutledge on the 1880 census with her 3 children, all different last names, and she is stating her marital status as 'single.' Not like most mothers who don't have or never did have a husband..'widowed.' She was born in Tennessee, c. 1855. I don't see her on any other census, but, my aunt remembers her when she was a child, and my aunt was born in 1929 but left Arkansas in the late 40s and didn't return until years after Emma's death. The picture isn't a actual photo, it's more like a painting. I look at this picture and try to find a something in her face that looks like somebody in the family. I want and need to tell her story...
My nephew saw this picture for the first time on Monday last, his first words were 'who is this slave aunty Dena?' He's 11 years old. Emma's first and last time appearing on the census was 1880....I will search for Emma's story, and make that smile a complete one.

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Photographs~Basis for writing
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18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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