There are some ancestors I have given up any hope of ever seeing in a photograph. So it was with my second great-grandfather, Lewis LeJay of De Soto Parish, Louisiana. He was the husband of Syntrilla Brayboy and they were the parents of Sylvia LeJay. Sylvia married Richard William Gines, and they became my mother’s grandparents.
A couple of weeks ago, my cousin Karen Burney called with breathless news. She had seen a picture of Lewis LeJay in a book! I just about fell out of my (wheel) chair!
She told me to check a certain search term on Google Books to see the photograph. And I did! As excited as I was to see his picture, I did not at first realize that the circumstances of the picture lay veyr near the core of a roiling controversy about American history. I broach that topic in the next post. But first, the photograph:
Lewis LeJay (left) with Army Capt Francis Scrimzeour Furman, at Land’s End Plantation, De Soto Parish, Louisiana, 1917; ( Photo in C.K. Barrow, J.H. Segars, & R.B. Rosenburg, eds., Black Confederates, Pelican Publishing, 2001)
What’s controversial about this picture? See the next post.
February 20, 2010 Saturday at 6:43 pm