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Richard Wright (#46831271)
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Wayne Racine
North East, Md, UMC
Dear Sir:

Born and raised in the North East/ Wilmington, Del area I commend you for your hard work. I was quite happy to come across your entry for Mary Ema Johnson and the listing of her parents and siblings. I write to acknowledge the work you and others have done, and are doing, to advance the genealogy of our ancestors.

I do not know how you or your organization connect the dots, i.e., the parents and sibling names, but while not perfect it is nevertheless helpful in most cases.

With regard to the posting for Ms. Johnson I wish to inform you that under the caption for Corbin Washington Johnson, HE WAS NOT THE FATHER OF SAMUEL PHILLIP KLINE. My grandmother, Stella R. Neal had him out of wedlock! Also, many of the 16 children of Corbin W. and Stella R. are not included.

While not a "historian" I do know the history of the Johnson family since I am the grandson of Corbin W. and Stella R.

At 80 years of age I have moved to central Florida (The Villages). However, I am middle of writing a short tome for my family covering the Johnson-Washington (John Augustine) connection.

I am fully cognizant of the many members who simply "collect" information, never attempting to collaborate the true relationship. This is especially true when an "alleged" American family is involved.

I would like to offer any assistance that you think helpful to your work. I again, commend you and others for your valuable service.


Wayne E. Racine

Added by Wayne Racine on Aug 20, 2014 12:30 PM
RE: suggetional info for Ruth Hayre's Memorial
Thank you. I know you are busy so special thank you for doing what you do.
Added by peggie on May 01, 2014 9:50 AM
suggetional info for Ruth Hayre's Memorial
Dr. Ruth Wright Hayre, in Philadelphia, the retired, first African American woman president of the Philadelphia Board of Education.

Her grandfather, Richard R. Wright, lived through the Civil War as a child and received an elementary school education at a missionary school in Atlanta set up by Northern missionaries for newly freed slave children.He later attended Oxford University, Penn and Harvard and he became president of Georgia State College. At age 67, he founded Citizens and Southern Bank of Philadelphia.

The public school at 28th Street and Susquehanna Avenue is named for him, and children at that school were picked as some of the recipients of Mrs. Hayre's scholarship fund. The name of the fund, ``Tell Them We Are Rising,'' was a quote from him. It was his answer to a Northern general who asked students at a missionary school in Atlanta after the Civil War what message he should take back North.

Her father, Richard R. Wright Jr., was said to be the 10th black man in the country to earn a doctorate. He was an author and an African Methodist Episcopal bishop. He was president of Wilberforce College (now University).

Born and raised in Philadelphia on 34th Street near the Univ of Penna., an honors graduate from West Philadelphia High School at age 15, Mrs. Hayre completed her undergraduate work in secondary education at Penn in three years. By the time she was 20, she had earned her master's degree at Penn and was headed toward a career in education.

Denied a teaching job in Philadelphia schools in 1931 because she was African American, she left the city to teach in an all-black school in Arkansas. She returned to the Philadelphia area some years later, and began work on her doctorate. In 1942, she was finally passed in the city's teacher's exam, and became the second black person to teach in junior high; she went on to become its first African American high-school teacher (1946). Dr. Hayre was Philadelphia's first black principal (1956), and the first black woman district superintendent (1963). Later, she was the first black woman to serve on the school board (1986), and in 1991, became its president. As she pushed students to expand their horizons, she encouraged parents to do the same: organizing and taking their demands to district meetings and the school board itself. In 1988, she established a trust fund, Tell Them We Are Rising, to pay college costs for 119 students at the Richard Wright and Kenderton Schools.In 1997, her autobiography, Tell Them We Are Rising: A Memoir of Faith in Education, was published.

Dr. Hayre is survived by her daughter, Sylvia Hayre and grandchildren, Lee Elizabeth Harrison and John Langston Harrison.
Added by peggie on Apr 29, 2014 1:39 PM
Jerry Hughes & Roger Young
Cora Belle Wright Greenhalge
Hi Richard, I wanted you to know that on a recent outing to do volunteer work at Roosevelt Cemetery where you have Cora Located I have uploaded a pic to her memorial and added a memorial for spouse Thomas Frederick Greenhalge. What is interesting is that he has both birth and death dates on marker, only her name appears. Happy Holidays, Jerry Hughes
Added by Jerry Hughes & Roger Youn... on Dec 20, 2013 10:37 PM

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