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Laura Murphy

politician and memoirist, was born a slave on a farm owned by James Adams in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. When Adams died shortly after Clement's birth, the boy, his mother, and two siblings were sold to a man named Tasswood Ward from nearby Campbell County. The family was treated harshly by the Wards, who beat them cruelly without warning for petty reasons.

On 8 April 1865 the workers in the field heard cannon fire and fighting from nearby Appomattox. The next day the Confederate general Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant's Union forces to end the Civil War.

On Christmas morning of 1865 Clement and his family moved to a piece of land about fifteen miles from the Ward farm where his father struck a deal under which he would clear the land and reap its harvest The family continued to work on farms throughout Clement s youth ...


Kelsey Schurer and Marina Reasoner

sheriff and college president, was born in Jacksonville, Florida. His father, Nathaniel Glover Sr., was a part-time Baptist pastor, and his mother, Arsie Singletary Glover, cleaned houses; together they raised five children in a two-room house in downtown Jacksonville. As a boy, Glover worked to provide funds for his family, first selling copies of the city's black newspaper, and later working at a local cafe. While walking home from work in 1960 Glover encountered a crowd of white segregationists protesting against the integration of the food counter at the cafe The group noticed he was a dishwasher and clubbed him with an ax handle When he appealed to a white officer for help Glover was told to Get out of town The incident was a defining moment in Glover s life and he became resolved that it might have been prevented had his tormentors been given proper ...


Michael W. Flamm

police officer, was born Lloyd George Sealy in New York City, the second of three brothers to Henry Sealy, an apartment building custodian, and Lilian Augustus Clarke. Lloyd Sealy's parents, both natives of Barbados, named him for Britain's prime minister during World War I, David Lloyd George. Lloyd Sealy grew up in Brooklyn. At Thomas Jefferson High School he was one of only a dozen blacks, but he served as chief justice of the Students’ Arbitration Court and in his senior year was elected president of the school's student organization. “On Lloyd you can always depend. Thru thick and thin he is your friend,” read his high school yearbook.

After high school Sealy worked for several years as a railroad clerk and in the General Accounting Office in Washington, D.C. In 1942 he joined the New York Police Department NYPD which was only nominally integrated ...