Letter from Caroline Sadgwar Manly to her sons

Letter from Caroline Sadgwar Manly to her sons
Typescript by Milo A. Manly of a letter written by Caroline "Carrie" Sadgwar Manly in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to her sons Milo A. Manly and Lewin Manly in which she describes the 1898 Wilmington Race Riot and how their father and her future husband, Alex Manly, escaped a lynching by a mob. Alex Manly was the editor of The Record, an African-American owned newspaper, which was burned during the riot forcing Manly to leave Wilmington, N.C.
January 14, 1954
Original Format
21cm x 28cm
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Location of Original
East Carolina Manuscript Collection
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Michael Anthony Bertrand Sadgwar May 03 2021

I was born in Philadelphia and did not know anything about my ancestors. Would love to be contacted by someone who knows more about the Sadgwar’s.

Dolly L Marshall Jul 30 2022

Hi Michael, I am a preservationist and a researcher. I am doing research on the Sadgwar family of Wilmington, NC. Carrie Sadgwar Manly's brother Charles Sadgwar and his wife Jennie are buried in the cemetery I currently restore in NJ.

Martha Elmore May 31 2016

Alexander L. Manly was born near Raleigh in 1866 and was the editor of an African American newspaper, the Wilmington Record, he and his brother Frank owned in Wilmington, North Carolina. The brothers became the target of violence after publishing an editorial (written by Alex) in August 1898 that upset the white citizens of Wilmington. Their printing offices were destroyed by a mob in November 10, 1898, but the brothers escaped due in large part to their light skin color. At the time of the violence, Alex’s fiancée Caroline “Carrie” Sampson Sadgwar was performing in England with the Fisk Jubilee Singers. After her return, they were married in Washington, D.C., and moved to Pennsylvania. The document below is a typescript (done by their son Milo Manly) of a letter written by Carrie Manly to her sons Milo A. Manly and Lewin Manly. Typescripts of nine letters (1953-1955) written by her to her sons detailing the story of her life are in this collection. In this January 14, 1954, letter she relates the story of the Wilmington Race Riot and her future husband’s escape to safety.

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