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Photo Gallery

Whenever possible, I will share photos and newspaper clippings I find about my family.  They’ll be posted in random order, because that’s how it goes for me when I’m digging for stuff.  I might start out looking for information about one relative and end up finding a treasure trove about another.  So I just roll with it.

These are my grandparents, Henrietta Bruce and John R. Wilson.

These are my grandparents, Henrietta Bruce and John R. Wilson. (Photo from my personal collection)

My mother was ten years old when her mother, Henrietta, died.  As a result, Mama didn’t know a lot of things about the Bruce side of her family.  My grandfather was left with three little girls to raise, and I’m sure regaling family history could not have been farther from his mind.  Henrietta’s father was Henry Bruce, son of Sandy Bruce who was Polly’s firstborn.

This is my mother, Sallie Ethel, holding her firstborn, James Lee.  She was born on land in Chariton County, MO, that at one time belonged to her great-grandfather, Sandy Bruce.  My mother is the 2x great-granddaughter of Polly Bruce.

This is my mother, Sallie Ethel, holding her firstborn, James Lee. She was born on land in Chariton County, MO, that at one time belonged to her great-grandfather, Sandy Bruce. My mother is the 2x great-granddaughter of Polly Bruce. (Photo from my personal collection)

Blanche Kelso Bruce was the first African-American to be elected to and complete a full term in the United States Senate.

This is Polly’s son, Blanche Kelso Bruce.  He was the first African-American to serve a full term in the United States Senate. (Google Images)

Blanche, known to family as simply “B.K.”, was sworn in as a senator for the state of Mississippi on March 5, 1875.  He sat in Seat No. 2 in the Senate Chamber.  On February 14, 1879, he became the only former slave to preside over Senate proceedings.  He holds that distinction to this day.  I have several photos of B.K. that I will share later.

This is the portrait of B.K. Bruce that hangs in the U.S. Capito.  The commissioning for it was approved in 1999,  Simmie Knox was chosen to paint the portrait based upon a photograph taken by Mathew Brady,  The portrait was unveiled in the Senate wing in September of 2002.   My brother, Kenneth, bears a strong resemblance to the old uncle, right down to the receding hairline.

This is the portrait of B.K. Bruce that hangs in the U.S. Capitol. (Google Images)

The commissioning for this portrait was approved in 1999 by the Senate Commission on Art.  Simmie Knox was chosen to paint the portrait based upon a photograph taken by Mathew Brady, The portrait was unveiled in the Senate wing in September of 2002.  I look forward to visiting the Capitol and seeing this portrait of my uncle hanging alongside others who have served with distinction.

My brother, Kenneth, bears a strong resemblance to the old uncle, right down to the receding hairline.  I’ve read several articles in historical newspapers that describe B.K.’s physical appearance.  Most say he was about six feet in stature, portly in build, impeccably dressed and possessing a jovial demeanor.  That pretty much describes my brother, Kenneth, with the one exception being the attire.  Kenneth’s daily attire was overalls and a plaid shirt, but I suppose that could be considered impeccably dressed for one who liked to fish and hunt…

7 thoughts on “Photo Gallery

  1. A great start. I will be back.

  2. Great blog! I found it through Googling “Polly Bruce” as my husband is also related to her through her son Sandy. Sandy’s daughter Sallie, had a daughter Lillie, who had a son Preston, who had a daughter Antoinette, who had a son Franklin, which is my husband! It’s too bad that I’ve been unable to find any pictures of Polly or Sandy. I haven’t found any records on her parents either. I hope you write more soon! -Adelle

  3. Do you have a photo of Blanche and Josephine wedding??

  4. How did the author know what type of wedding gown Josephine wore on her wedding day?. He even knew how the decorations were in her parent’s home…

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