Little Known Black History Fact: Blanche Kelso Bruce

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    Blanche Kelso Bruce was born an American slave in 1841 in Prince Edward County, Va. He was tutored by his slave master’s son, who was also his half-brother. During the war, he escaped from his plantation in Mississippi. He was rejected by the Union Army and, in turn, opened a school for black children in Hannibal, Mo. When he returned to Mississippi, Bruce worked as a cotton farmer.

    In 1869, Bruce became supervisor of elections in Mississippi. Then, only a year later, he served as sergeant-at-arms in the state senate, then as county assessor and sheriff. He later served as a member of the Board of Levee Commissioners of the Mississippi River.

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    1. My mother, Wila Mae Bruce, is the great niece of Blanche Kelso Bruce, still living in Kansas City, MO. Her father Chas Bruce was born in Brunswick, MO and he father was the nephew to Blanche. My mother lost her parents at age 2 when her mother passed and my grandfather died when she was 10.
      I am the great, great niece to Blanche. We recently found out because my mother was raised by third cousins who never told her anything. I am excited about our lineage. Contact me for we are planning a family gathering. My email Address is mypurplebottle@gmail.com. Dr. Linda C. Hoard-White

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