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Two letters received by teacher Anna M. Keen of Fulton, Wisconsin. The first letter, dated August 10, 1868, was written by teacher Frank Strong of Brookhaven, Mississippi. In Strong's letter he recounted his career as a Union soldier; expressed his gratitude for Keen's sympathy for the plight of former soldiers; revealed his disappointment that Keen would not be returning to Brookhaven; and described the new school house where he was now working. He also included a pen-and-ink sketch of a young black student named Patsey. The second letter, dated September 10, 1869, was written by former student Olive Woodard of Brookhaven, Mississippi. In Woodard's letter she mentioned that she was currently unable to afford to have a photograph made of herself to send to Keen; reflected on the day Keen left the school to return to the North; and described such daily activities as teaching, homework, bible-reading, knitting, and sewing. Also included in the collection is a lock of Woodard's hair sent to Keen as a keepsake.
Gift of Elizabeth Stevenson Beach, Santa Barbara, California, March 3, 1991.
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Cite as: Z/1865.000: Stevenson (Anna M. Keen) Papers.