Never Forgotten

Never Forgotten

One of our last living ties to slavery in the United States has passed. |

From the Equal Justice Inititative /

Daniel R. Smith, 90, passed away this week in Washington. He was one of the last remaining children of enslaved Black Americans, The Washington Post wrote in his obituary.

Mr. Smith’s father, Abram “A.B.” Smith, was born during the Civil War on a plantation in Massies Mill, Virginia, where he was enslaved at birth and suffered as “a boy laborer” at least through the 1870 census, before moving to... | Read the full article.

Daniel Smith, Believed to Be the Last Child of Enslaved People, Dies at 90
Daniel R. Smith, one of the last remaining children of enslaved Black Americans, passed away this week at age 90.

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