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

Annie Bell Shaw, my mama, became a Shaw, forever

Posted 22, 2016

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

Annie Bell became a Shaw and always remained a Shaw.

Granddaddy and Grand Mama called Annie Bell “Daughter,” and Daddy’s sisters and brothers called her “Sister Annie Bell.” On Mama’s wedding day, she became a Shaw, forever, even after Annie Bell left Daddy on the sharecropping farm and went to Sunbury, North Carolina. Through the decades, when she travelled back South to visit her friend Mrs. Lola and went to see her Shaw family, she was still “Sister Annie Bell.” I assure you that it was a marvel to watch people with a small amount of education and earnings act like the best families in America.

Adam and Annie Bell teach us a great lesson, like the Kennedys, once a Kennedy, always a Kennedy, and once a Shaw, always a Shaw. Hence, we have all the power we need to be good families, even if we are not equal to others in financial means and amenities.

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