One of our local stories to spotlight for Black History Month is the story of Letitia Carson. Letitia leaves Kentucky in the 1840s as a free woman, no longer a slave, She is on her way to Missouri where good things happen, including meeting Davey Carson, an Irish immigrant who treats her with kindness. But Letitia and Davey soon discover that freed blacks are not wanted in Missouri and they begin to make plans to start a new life in Oregon. a place where slavery had never been known. And so they begin a treacherous journey by wagon train.
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