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Pamela Singleton

Hattie and Monroe, brother & sister

I never thought that I would be researching my family history until my cousin Bertha Graves Williams Taylor-Graves was talking to me in her kitchen in her home of Marshall, Texas, and in that one day I have been hooked every since that conversation, she just opened up that door for me with these stories she told me of my g-g-g grandfather Abram Singleton left Texas to go back to Liberia/ Africa and that my g-g grandfather Monroe Singleton Sr. and his brothers Hill and Lucky Singleton went to the Marshall Texas Court House with guns to help blacks vote and make sure there was not election fraud committed against his people and this story made the “New York Times” and it goes on to say that it was a regular plot, very well arranged and with plenty of ammunition to capture the ballot box, which was only prevented by the sheriff and his 30 welled armed men. One of the judges Rip Scott is a relative of William Thomas Scott, Abney Dabney nicked named by the African Americans who was the colored clerk name David Abner was one of the Republicans, The newspaper “The Herald” said that those colored voters have proven themselves worthy of the respect and protection of the white people of this county but they were continuing to intimidate the blacks by changing the color of the ballot paper because the blacks were too illiterate to know when they were committing election fraud and as for my great-great grandfather Monroe Singleton and my Great Great Uncle Hill they read the laws and stood up for our ancestors even at a time when most blacks would not even have graced the courthouse steps and for that I am very proud of my family and I honor my ancestors!…..Pam S….Dallas/Marshall, Texas

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