was born in Hyman, Florence County, South Carolina, one of the eleven children of Augustus (Guss) Law, Sr., and Eugenia Law, farmers who were formerly enslaved. Census data and public records offer different dates of birth. His 1955 death certificate, signed by his wife, attests to him being aged seventy-nine and born in 1893. According the Family Search genealogy website, an Augustus Law, Jr. is listed in the 1900 Census for Cains Township in Florence County with a birth year around 1879, with ten siblings and his parents. Finally, a “Delayed Birth Certificate” produced in 1950 attested to his birth on 12 May 1876. His parents were part of the post-emancipation generation of southern Black landowners who acquired approximately 15 million acres to farm after the Civil War. Augustus Law, Sr. was deeded 466 and a half acres of land in Marion, South Carolina, in 1873 ...
Robert F. Jefferson
postmaster, labor organizer, civil rights advocate, and community leader, was born in Hillsboro, Texas, the eleventh of twelve children of William Henry McGee and Mary Washington. The occupations of his parents are unknown. After his mother died in 1914, Henry moved to Chicago where he lived with his older brother, the Reverend Ford W. McGee—a future bishop of a South Side Holiness Church—for three years before returning to Hillsboro to rejoin his family. Then, Henry returned home to rejoin his father in Texas before the family relocated to Kansas City, Missouri.
After graduating from high school, Henry returned in 1927 to Chicago, where he attended Crane Junior College by day and worked the night shift as a substitute mail clerk in the Chicago Post Office. After earning an associate's degree in 1929 McGee had aspirations to continue his education but like countless ...
Joy Gleason Carew
journalist, postal systems specialist, and African American expatriate in the Soviet Union from 1932 to 1946, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His parents' names are not known. Fed up with Jim Crow in the South and discrimination and racism in the North Smith joined hundreds of highly ambitious African Americans in the 1920s and 1930s who were anxious to test out the idea that there were societies outside the United States that would welcome all those of goodwill no matter the color of their skin Many blacks turned their attention to France as a result of experiences of World War I where the French had expressed solidarity with African American servicemen For others the quest was directed to the new Soviet Union a country that overtly offered sanctuary to oppressed people As Smith wrote in his memoirs I read avidly the reports of the Soviet experiment ...