From the Start....
Josie B. Abrams wanted all of her offspring to attend college. See Josie was the only black female machinist on her job. She experienced racism and sexism on a daily basis. Josie was raised to believe that Education was the loophole for all of her offspring to avoid what she experienced all her life. Racism....Sexism & Doubt
Josie would tell us this story about riding in the wagon with her dad and two other siblings to see "his people - her daddy's people". We were often told that he and his people were white white…like Caucasian. As a little girl, Josie would have all the really nice clothing. All her clothes were given to her by her daddy's side of the family. The kids would often pick on her because she was FANCY with all her nice clothing. Image seeing a little black girl going to school in rural Marengo County, Alabama with a fur coat on. This would have been around the 1950s. TRUE STORY!!
Josie was my mother! Mother know that we’re still experiencing racism, sexism, and being ridiculed for how you raised us but also know that your offspring are making moves. They’re graduating at colleges we were once not allowed to attend. Josie one of your granddaughter’s just graduated from The University of Alabama. The college that holds historic records from the very place your ancestors were held in slavery…Waldwic Plantation is also known as The Spence Place. Your offspring are holding degrees from: Bishop State Community College, Alabama State Univerity, Austin Peay State University, Lander University, Webster University, University of South Alabama x3. You would be very proud!!
Jala T. Pettaway you are an offspring of Josie B. Abrams may you continue to understand where you are from and where you are headed. The world is yours!!
Heels strapped up
Smile Big & Bright
Strut like never before
Continue to stay FANCY
I Love you,
Mommy may you continue to REST in Peace..We got it down here!!
This goes out to you Josie B. Abrams: