The project was developed by Jacqueline Woodard-Smith in 2008, when she was a library assistant in the Reference and Archives Department. Her goal: to expand the library‘s small collection of Black local history. She held the first ―Pardon Me, Brother‖ AfricanAmerican Family History Day in August, 2008. The title of the project is taken from a song by Curtis Mayfield, ―We
the people who are darker than blue‖,released by Rhino Records in 1970
Digitized from copy made August 30, 2008. From file "009-Boyds, Overstreet, Buford"
Polly Neal was the first African in Vermilion County. She arrived about 1832 with her former slave owner Abraham Sandusky (Sodusky), who she had…