Archives Photograph Collection

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title:

Homer Grant Johnston

image number:

P0042081

description:

AB, 1909 - English.

Johnston's father, W. H. Johnston was a former slave. On July 17, 1913 he sent a letter to Indiana University regarding the death of his son, Homer. The letter reads, in full (spelling errors have not been changed): "north Terre Haute Ind | July The 17 1913 Vigo Ct | To hoo it may concern | at the State Universety | dear Sir I will rite you a | few lines to let you know a | bout omer grant Johnston | my son he is ded he dide the 26 day of december one | year a go at Indianapolis | I wood hav rote be fore now | I am such a pore writer I | dread to Start to Rite I was a | slave I never was in School | in my lif nor no one to learn | me the a b c s Therefore - | you will Excuse my bad | Spelling & RiTing now | this is true & I am anold - | man. Well grant | was a dear Boy To me & I - | dearly loved him I was not | with him when he dide when | I got word I went as soon | as I could git a car but | he was passed a way | that was on the 26 day of - | december be fore lost | I will close bi Saying may |god Bless you | . from W. H. Johnston | The foether of Grant Johnston" (To see this letter ask for IU Archives accession number 6071).

This image scanned from page 37 of the 1909 Arbutus yearbook.

date taken:

1909

personal name:

Johnston, Homer Grant

corporate name:

Class of 1909

corporate name:

English Department

topic:

Minorities

topic:

Slavery

city:

Bloomington

state:

Indiana

series:

Individuals