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Williams, Cordelia Shelton (1889-1978) to Children

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09587.336 Author/Creator: Williams, Cordelia Shelton (1889-1978) Place Written: Roanoke, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 11 February 1976 Pagination: 4 p. ; 26.5 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Letter from Cordelia Williams to her children. She writes that it was cold on Sunday but the weather has been nice since. Geraldine called Sunday and said she would call Karen, James' daughter. She feels like Karen does not acknowledge that she exists still. Karen may visit her for Easter but it is not definite. Harry, James' son, has a very nice office "with 9 rooms and a white assistant." A group is celebrating "Black Heritage" over the course of three days. An exhbit of pictures came from the Smithsonian and groups of students went to see it to discuss achievements of black people. There were also some pictures of Roanoke leaders. She is sending clippings from Church and wants them to be sent to Hamilton as well, not enclosed. She says she will not care or miss the girls when they leave. She says she is 86.5 years old in this letter. She says that she cares less about degrees than what people do with them. She asks the person she is writing to, most likely Virginia, to please take care of herself and writes "I need you." She sends love and blessings.

People: Williams, Cordelia Shelton (1884-1978)

Historical Era: 1945 to the Present

Subjects: African American HistoryChildren and Family

Sub Era: The Seventies

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