A Tale of Courtship in Post-Slavery Baltimore | WYPR

A Tale of Courtship in Post-Slavery Baltimore

Oct 5, 2016

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Not long ago, civil rights activist Laura W. Murphy discovered a bundle of papers tied with a ribbon. They turned out to be letters between her great-grandparents, written when they were courting in Reconstruction-era Baltimore. They provide a glimpse into what life was like for a particularly successful African-American family in Baltimore, just a few years after the end of the Civil War.