Morehouse College, founded in 1867 in Atlanta Georgia. Wishing our brothers a happy Founders Day, with love and appreciation. (source: Auburn Avenue Research Library)
Page in bloom
A herbary is a book on plants. I always thought that such books contained drawings or paintings of plants. Until I came across this object on the website of the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Constructed around 1595, it is likely the oldest of its kind from England. The book is filled with about 300 real plants, which were gathered in Italy by a monk called Gregorio Reggio. Short descriptions accompany the specimens, which look like they were picked yesterday. Every page forever in bloom.
Pic: Bodleian Library. More on herbaries with real plants here.
Married, but separated on different plantations William and Ellen Craft devised a plan to escape the horrors of slavery.
Ellen, who was very fair-skinned, passed as a young white man. Her husband William played her doting servant.They set out on December 21, 1848 and traveled luxuriously by train and ferry. During a four-day trip they were almost thwarted, but quick wits and good old-fashioned luck kept them on their way. After arriving in the free city of Philadelphia they were given a crash course in reading and writing. After a short stay, they moved to Boston ere William resumed work as a cabinetmaker and Ellen became a seamstress. Two year later slave catchers showed up, but they quickly fled to England to avoid their captors. They remained in Europe for over 20 years and had five children.
In 1860, the couple wrote “Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom,” chronicling the escape. The Craft’s returned to the United States in the 1870s and established a school for newly freed African Americans.
Learn more about their story in Smithsonian Magazine.
Celebrate Black History Month with some truly classic Algonquin books, from Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons and many other Lucky Stars e-books in February.
Just bought The Good Negress and Silver Rights for $ 1.99 each. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is only $ 3.99. If you’ve been meaning to check out her writing, Purple Hibiscus is the perfect book to start.