Searching for a Name, Finding a Community

Identifying authorship of anything is always a long and arduous process, but it is made increasingly difficult when the author is not a famous member of the community.  Norfolk, Virginia, was a bustling town at the start of the twentieth century and had an African American population thirsty for rights and acceptance.  One such person was the author of the 1902 diary I was assigned to research.  While she certainly made an impact on her community, there were no books written about her and only snit bits of information that gave veiled clues to identity.  What emerged through my research was the experience of a minority as it fought to find a place in the community.

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