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Righteous Gladys!

Gladys Georgia King

footnoteMaven, who keeps a lovely blog of pictures and the stories that belong to them at Shades of the Departed asked us to choose our favorite photograph for the 4th edition of her blog carnival Smile for the Camera. This is my first time participating in this carnival and when thinking about my many favorites, my mind immediately went to this picture. This photo was kind of an orphan among those in a collection shared with our family by my cousin Leonard.  He inherited these photos from his mother Sarah Gwyn Wooling, who was the keeper of such things (as I am today!  And I’ll take this opportunity to thank Leonard again, along with all those cousins who think to scan and share the huge box of photos from the attic!)

The photo was labeled Gladys King, and a similar one with a slightly different pose was labeled Georgia King, so I am not positive about the name.  This branch of my Gwyn family lived in Pittsburgh, PA – having left the North Carolina for greater opportunity in the north.  It doesn’t appear Gladys is part of our family, but I believe I have located her family in the 1920 census.  Joseph & Ellen King from Virginia, with Gladys “Lotis”, born 1909, Aragather, Harry & Nellie, living in Snowden, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.  I do not know the occasion of this photograph, though it looks like a graduation portrait.

I love this picture! And even though it is not a particularly “important” one in our family history, it speaks to me.  Such certainty, self assuredness – dare I say RIGHTEOUSNESS! If it  could talk -I believe she would say “Take Heed!”  (and I’m not advocating for any kind of religious teachings here –  but I came up with some fitting scripture):

According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.  1 Cor 3:9-15

I do not know what became of Gladys – but I hope this photo shows proof of a firm foundation.  She inspires me to work with conviction.  Not to be trite, but You Go Girl!

4 Responses to “Righteous Gladys!”

  1. on 13 Aug 2008 at 11:31 am A. Spence

    What an inspiring photo! So many clues in it. I would be curious as to what became of her as well.

  2. on 14 Aug 2008 at 8:15 am Terry Thornton


    First, welcome to the blog carnival at Shades of the Departed.

    Two, thanks for sharing Righteous Gladys — the photo is excellent and, yes, you’ve titled it perfect!

    Three, I hope you are able to track down all of the specifics about Gladys. Perhaps your posting of this photo will bring answers.

    Terry Thornton

  3. on 15 Aug 2008 at 10:15 pm George Geder


    I love this photo!

    Images of African Americans exuding an assertive and positive vibe resonate with me (give me goosebumps).

    I hope that you can tell us more about Gladys!
    What is her story?

    “Guided by the Ancestors”

  4. on 16 Sep 2008 at 5:20 pm Travis LeMaster


    Enjoy your writing style and the stories you have to tell.

    I’ve “tagged” you with the “I Heart Your Blog” award. You can find details on my tjlgenes blog.


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