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Re: PANNELL, Sam & Sarah VA
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Just wanted to let you know my great grandparents (both former slaves) sent all their 7 of their children to college - and neither of my great grandparents could read or write. They had help - yes. My grandfather went to work on the railroad after graduation and assisted his younger brothers and sisters. They all worked too - as waiters or porters or barbers. It could be done.
My great grandfather was freed before emancipation - got a years wages and 100 - which he used to buy land. He married my great grandmother after emancipation, who worked as a midwife and was thrifty and she gave what she could to the college fund.
Never underestimate the desire, and sacrifices made by unlettered former slaves to see their children go on to higher education.
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