This week we bring you a brief look at the life of Ellen M Locke. Like many women of her era, little is known about her directly, but we can surmise many details from looking at her family records, specifically census documents. Here is what they tell us:
This week's blog is a very brief look at the American Colonization Society, which had a small following here in Clarke County. Much has been written on the subject at large by other institutions, so look for further reading suggestions at the bottom.
This week's blog post is a reminder that Clarke County was built on the backs of thousands of men, women, and children who were held in perpetual bondage, and it is a tribute to those men, women, and children who's voices have been silenced within the narrative.
To make sure their voices are coming through loud and clear, there will be no interpretation or explanation given to accompany the following images. Some have been transcribed for ease of reading, but that is all.
The Archivist, the author of this blog, invites you to join her in these conversations, and to help bring these voices back to the present.
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.