This is my most sensational headline for a blog post I’ve ever had. But I found this astounding article in the April 22, 1949 edition of the Wilson Daily Times while looking for an obituary. William Henry Pellan had lived more history than found within the pages of most history books. He recounts that he was a slave in Washington County, NC and was sold three times for $700, $850 and $1,000 respectfully. He also remembers Sherman’s March and had worked on Mississippi steamboats, worked as a farmhand, a fireman on railroads, in a sawmill and as a preacher.
Also the funniest/ meta-saddest part was when he complains that the price for a marriage license went up from $3 to $5 and says “I never paid more than $3 for a woman in my life, and this is my fourth one.”