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Monthly Archives: January 2015

On Slavery’s Doorstep

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Mandred Henry was a health care sales rep from Hartford whom people often stopped on the street, saying he was a dead ringer for Morgan Freeman. Throughout his life he identified strongly with his African-American background. He was president of the local N.A.A.C.P. chapter. He remembered his mother keeping her grandmother’s slavery manumission papers in her top drawer… My cover story in the New York Times travel section.