Saturday, March 1, 2008

Siblings Gathered at J. H. Slaton House

This photo was taken about 1928 at a Slaton Reunion.


Lula Slaton Duncan

Mattie B. Slaton Pride

Joseph Henry Slaton

Lillie P. Slaton Williams

Charles Nathan Slaton

Mary Emma Slaton Williams
Joseph’s siblings traveled to the reunion from Crittenden and Union Counties,
Nathan’s family and neighbors were enumerated in Union County 1930 Census:
Dwelling , Name, Relationship, Color, Age
454 SLATON, Nathan Head W 36
Net Wife W 33
Virginia Dau W 10

455 BELL M G Head W 43
Octavia Wife W 42
Vernon Son W 16

456 RICHARDS George Head neg 55
Bella Wife neg 39
Agnes dau neg 9
Georgia dau neg 8
Edith dau neg 7
Betty dau neg 5
Maude dau neg 1 3/12

Virginia Slaton attended the nearby Pride Elementary School (segregated).

The Richards daughters walked to their segregated school in Sturgis. Their father was a day laborer on the Slaton brothers’ farms. During periods of racial unrest, George was allowed to leave work early, so he could walk home to be with his family before dark.
The turbulent integration of the previously all white Sturgis school in 1956 was reported nationally.

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