this one is my favorite. this letter excerpt is from a series of letters written between this lady and the state's dept of health supervisor (from 1975). i know she is an african american women because she refered to herself as a "negro" in a different letter. she was an environmentalist at heart before there were really a such thing, i think. out of all the letters i've read, this is only the 2nd one i've read like it. this one was from cumberland county, the other was from a western county, also written by a woman.
i took the time, after work, to search her name in hopes that she was either alive or that i'd find an obituary with family names on it. if my grandmother had written letters like this, i would have loved to had a copy (or the original, which i would have sent the originals and put copies in our files!!!) unfortunately, i did not find anything. and though she refered to her husband many times, she only called him Mr. and never by his first name.
isn't it beautiful?