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Gertrude Three finger, Cheyenne, by William E. Irwin. From A Stylistic Analysis of American Indian Portrait Photography in Oklahoma, 1869-1904
William "Uncle Billie" Killough ... last living survivor of the Killough Massacre of 1838. It was the largest massacre of white immigrants in East Texas (18 killed). They were attacked by Cherokees upon whose land the Killough family settled. The land, ceded to the Cherokee by a treaty signed by Sam Houston, was never ratified in congress.
The Dutch Giant Here is an old postcard from my collection featuring Cannon, "The Dutch Giant," who weighed in at more than 700 pounds by the time this photograph was taken. Due to his size, he was able to earn a living as a sideshow attraction in traveling carnivals and circuses.
Elbert & Louisa Jemison, Wedding Picture, Talladega, Alabama 1860 census for Anderson County, Texas, has them at Tennessee Colony. He was 25 and she was 18 in 1860. No kids yet. He’ll go into the 1st Texas Infantry, shot through the lungs at Gaines Mill, shot through the hip and thigh at Sharpsburg, wounded slightly in left breast at Cold Harbor. Resigned August 19, 1864, and that’s when we think they (she moved back to Talladega for the war) moved back to their property in Texas and he picked up the reserve corps.
On July 29, 1910, citizens in the small, predominately African American town of Slocum, Texas were massacred. This was one of many towns, such as Rosewood and Tulsa, where a successful, self-sufficient African American community was the subject of a terrorist attack designed to maintain economic white supremacy. In each town, the incident that sparked the attack was relatively insignificant and often fabricated. The death toll was comparable if not higher than in the Rosewood massacre and ...