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Gordon Family

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Title

Gordon Family

Subject

African American History

Standards of Learning VS.1a, VS.1d, VS.1g, VS.8a, VS.8b, USII.1a, USII.1d, USII.4c

Description

While many African American families struggled to survive as well as to receive a good education, there were a few families who prospered after emancipation. Reuben Gordon was a former slave who worked on the Garland Plantation. After the Civil War, the spinster Garland sisters divided their land and gave each slave a portion in return for the new freedmen doing mild tasks for the Garland sisters until the two women died.

Reuben Gordon received his land from the Garland sisters in the 1870s. The Gordon family quickly became a part of middle class society in their era. Gordon's son, whose family is shown here, sent all of his children to college, reflecting the value they placed on education. Reuben's descendants later opened a store in the Mt. Garland area that served both black and white customers.

The picture at top is an image of the Gordon Store. The picture below is an image of the Gordon family about 1935.

Source

Louisa County Historical Society Collection

Publisher

Louisa County Historical Society

Date

1935

Contributor

Hortense Gordon Lewis

Rights

RIGHTS AND REPRODUCTION POLICY

All items in our archives have been donated to The Louisa County Historical Society with express permission to use them only for not-for-profit purposes of education and individual research. We make them available online to further those ends. Anyone wishing to use images online or in printed publications must obtain express written permission to do so from the Louisa County Historical Society and the legal copyright holder. Users assume full responsibility for disputes arising from copyright violations or invasions of privacy.

Format

Photograph

Type

Photograph

Identifier

054_2010_06_406, 054_2010_06_387

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