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Mary Lee Brady, Ph.D.

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Nancy Harriette Lee's Witnesses

Generation #64 (births 1890-1919) included many thousands of enlightened and educated Messianic Christian witnesses (of both African and European heritage) to the events, people and places observed by Nancy Harriet Lee.  Our appreciation about lives of Nancy's witnesses  ascertains that she did not live and work alone in the work that she exercised free will and was perhaps destined to do.  Who knows for certain?  

And, like Nancy most of her witnesses have passed over to whatever it is that exists after human energies are spent and extinguished in the mysteries of life as we know it.  We do know for certain, it was lives in their generation that continued the struggle to uplift "the least of us." 

Too new to see it in the years of their births, her witnesses would later read about the official closing in 1890 of the American western frontier, ... meaning all the Native American lands west of the Mississippi River had been conquered and claimed by millions of settlers and government agencies with deeds to prove ownership. All so-called Indians below were relocated.

The author of the article copied below was of Nancy Lee's generation.

Many of wealthy White Anglo-Saxon protestant founders and owners of lands and enterprises in the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Region lived in the municipality of Sewickley which lay along the great Ohio River that carried people and goods such as Iron Ore and coal.   It was a safe place of sorts for people who escaped slavery and made their way north via the Ohio River; and, even before the Civil War many former slaves labored in domestic service to White residents. 

Not surprisingly, the White people of Sewickley were of the religious faith (Methodist, Presbyterian and Lutheran) that supported Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War that effectively emancipated "the least of us."   They were not Baptist, Catholic, Episcopalian, Jewish or of other faiths that found slavery of millions of human beings to be acceptable. In fact the White residents of Sewickley were of the kind of Messianic spirituality that African-Americans admired and many like Nancy Lee sought to emulate, ... not on the basis of race and color but the content of their character.      

 

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