What an interesting time we're living through. Every day we're finding and reading about new developments dealing with the COVID-19 virus plaguing the globe. We're all in various stages of self-isolation and social distancing, and we're all feeling helpless and trapped as something we don't fully understand runs rampant, and we're starting to comprehend our inability to do anything to alter our situation. As we stare at the face of a possible quarantine period stretching for MONTHS, I wanted to bring to light some other voices who also experienced great struggle and uncertainty in their lives.
Today's Voice is that of Milly Fairfax, an enslaved woman held in bondage by David Huffman, of Page County, Virginia. We know very little about Milly, but we do get one brief, significant look into her life. The letter that follows was either written by her or, more likely, dictated by her.
Melanie is the current archivist for the Clarke County Historical Association, in Berryville, Virginia. She is a graduate from Shepherd University, where she earned a degree in History.