Lemon Family Collection


This collection of 42 family photographs and documents focuses on Media resident Sam Lemon’s great-great-grandparents, who escaped slavery in Virginia during the Civil War and made their separate ways to Media. They likely had the assistance of the Underground Railroad and different Friends groups along the way. This collection was given to Mr. Lemon by his grandmother, Maud Ray Ridley, who also shared the stories behind the photographs in the oral history tradition. He retains the original images but has allowed the MHAC to post scans on this website.

A longer document at this link, by Dr. Lemon, shares a more detailed family history. Thanks to volunteers Karen Glynn and Adeline Ciannella for helping scan and catalog this collection
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