March 11, 2016 by DuboisOnMain
Last night when I got home from a very delightful board meeting and sending out information, I had a message on my house phone. A man called trying to find out information for his 85 year old mother. She wanted to know about someone she had gone to Harlem Nursing school with years ago. The person’s name is Yonsia Davidson. I was so happy to hear this. It meant a lot to me to be able to provide information for this 85 year old lady. You see, Yonsia Davidson stopped in the museum last July on her way to a family reunion. Fortunately, one of the five relatives with her wrote a phone number down. I am now in the process of trying to connect these women. Happy??? I am over the moon about this. This tells me what I am doing is important to someone other than me. Connecting people gives me such joy.
I will repost the story about Yonsia Davidson
Additionally, about a week or so ago, I had another call wherein someone is writing a book and wanted information about someone who was born in 1913 and went to DuBois. He left a name and presumed the last name was a married name. It was not familiar to me and I found out I had misplaced his phone number when I searched for it last night. So, today, as we finished our morning walk and I got back to the museum, I reached in my pocket and pulled out a piece of paper……it was the missing paper with phone number, name and details. Wow! So, today, I called the man and we talked for a while. He is writing about the teachers in Loudain County, VA who served since the Civil War….all teachers, “colored” which was the term used for a long time and white. He found out graduated from DuBois High in 1937. I have no information on graduates of 1937 and know only her names as Victoria Goins. Please ask older relatives or friends if anyone remembers anyone with the name Mrs. Victoria Goins. Goins is presumed to be a married name. Please contact me with any information you may have. Join me on this journey….