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My Alabama Shaw Family on My Father’s Side From 1861-2014

I am the Fourth Generation member of the Shaw family and, in the north I started off living with Mama and our Cousin Bennie in Sunbury, North Carolina, but moved swiftly to other places

Posted Jan 18, 2017

Annie Shaw-Barnes, Ph.D.
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Hi everyone,

Mama brought me north to get an education to become a school teacher.

For Mama Sarah and Cousin Bennie, I worked in servitude, without rancor, and studied almost all my spare time and graduated three schools. When my schooling was completed, I immensely enjoyed teaching at Huntington High School in Newport News eleven years, Hampton Institute three years, Virginia, and Norfolk State University twenty six years, every minute of my 40 year teaching career, that seemed to pass far too swiftly. I started the count down, when I had 15 years left, before retirement and, when I knew anything, ten years, five years and no years were left for teaching. Surely, I wanted to slow them down, and the more I thought that way, the faster the year seemed to pass by.

Mama enjoyed life in the north, never regretted leaving sharecropping and she and daddy were pleased I was a school teacher.

Beloved Readers, make your parents happy, follow their rules, with delight, and watch God bless you.

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