Civil War Week: Slavery Memories:
Today, we mark the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War with a story from Madison’s Joyce Salter Johnson. The institution of slavery is a living memory in her family. She grew up in a town that was founded by freed slaves – including her own great-grandparents.
Joyce Salter Johnson is a family historian and the author of The Early Black Settlers of Stephenson County, Illinois.