May Laidley Letter, 16 March 1865?
Letter from May Laidley of New Richmond, Ohio, to Mrs. G. W. Summers of Kanawah County, West Virginia, describing Laidley's visits with an unnamed African American woman who is an acquaintance of the Summers family and may have been enslaved by them.
Language of Materials
Materials in English.
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Conditions Governing Use
Copyright. The papers created by May Laidley are in the public domain.
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The May Laidley letter consists of a letter from May Laidley of New Richmond, Ohio, to Mrs. G. W. Summers of Kanawah County, West Virginia. The letter describes Laidley's visits with an unnamed African American woman who is an acquaintance of the Summers family and may have been enslaved by them. Laidley writes that the woman misses the Summers family and she "says she does wish she was a slave again." Laidley also describes the woman's unhappiness with life in Ohio and discrimination faced there by African Americans.
May Laidley lived in New Richmond, Ohio, in the 1860s.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Accession number: 2020-M53
The May Laidley Letter was acquired from the Swann Galleries in May 2020.
Processed: November 2020
By: Paula Aloisio
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