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Jul 4, 2023·edited Jul 4, 2023

Mary Ellen's story certainly explains the obvious evidence in her face of her high level of constant stress. Princess Diana's face showed similar stress in at least one interview done not too too long before she died.

Shocking how very careful Black Americans in SF had to be, way back then, even before any railroad or relatively easy way to move from coast to coast. That they could be dragged back to slavers, even in a free state like CA, all the way on west coast. Intricate, careful networks of self-protection created in such a faraway place from New Orleans or anything on the east coast. Seems like it'd have been easy to go out there and get 'lost' in all that was happening as the city sprang up.

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