African-American history has played an integral role in the shaping of politics, economics, and culture in the United States. Growing up, how did you learn about the accomplishments and struggles of African Americans? Were you in a classroom? Reading a book? Talking with relatives or friends? How has your understanding or knowledge of African-American history changed and/or developed over time? What do you think is the most effective way to pass along this rich and growing history to future generations?

Teresa Mitchell Carter

Mr HL Gates, I am honored to be writing to you. Enjoying 5-part series. My Great G-Ma (Nancy Dumas) was a slave in Pittsview/Russell County, AL. After Emancipation Proclamation, she remained as cook for her previous owner (Albert Mitchell). Albert Mitchell had five children by raping Nancy. Later he raped one of his daughters (Mamie). The rape led to the birth of one child (Eugene “K-Bo” Mitchell). Albert Mitchell never married or had any white offspring according to our research. The attached photo is my father Solomon Mitchell (born June 4, 1925), and his 4 generations of offspring. My dad is amazing, but my G-dad (Jessie Mitchell) was even more amazing and wise. G-daddy Jessie signed with an X but he was one of the best architects in the Russell County. Please email me – I would like to share more amazing stories about the family, especially land ownership. God Bless.