Here is a photo out of my Great Grand Uncle’s [Osborne Ambrose Cully] scrapbook from 1917-1919. She reminds me of a gypsy girl. Not sure of her name as there were no identifying writings on the back. It is possible that she was a family member or close friend of Osborne’s. It would have been nice to do some research on her.
I love her gypsy styled outfit. This photo was probably taken in the Worcester or Springfield, Massachusetts area.
Gypsy Girl: A Photo in Osborne Ambrose Cully’s Scrapbook
Robert Wesley Bunn Jr.
May 23, 1918- June 10, 2012
An ending of a generation in the Bunn family has given me the sense that my generation is on deck. We are the grandparents now and there is no cushion in front of us.
My heart was saddened to know that my Grandmother‘s brother passed away in June of 2012. I haven’t spoken about his passing too much, as I think and ponder why I didn’t pursue the urgency of speaking with him a little more often. I did however speak with him a few months before his illness got the best of him. At this point, his memory was not as strong, but my Great Grand Uncle Robert did speak with me about his days on the plantation in Lake Providence, Louisiana and Arkansas.
I was not able to attend the Celebration of Life for Robert W. Bunn, Jr., but was pleased however to have received the program card from my cousin Wes, Robert’s son.
This is my 1st cousin 1x removed. I purchased this photo on e-bay. You can imagine how thrilled I was to discover his photo.
Family Collection in possession of Yvette Porter Moore
Written on the back:
Another Cambridge First _ Cambridge City manager John H. Corcoran congratulates new Deputy Fire Chief Richard C. Cully of Headquarters, formerly Captain Cully of Ladder Company 3. The promotion of Deputy Fire Chief Richard C. Cully give Cambridge the first black Deputy Fire Chief in New England. Cully has been with the Fire Department for more than 20 years.
(Cully on the Far right)
In April of 2012, I visited Arkansas for the first time. I was in discovery of my Porter roots, and spent time with my cousin, Robert Fulford, who is the Great Nephew of my father Walter Porter. The area of Arkansas was very rural. I stayed in Dermott, and did exploring in some of the nearby towns.
My cousin drove me into Lake Village, Chicot County, Arkansas and I had him pull over when I came across New Hope Missionary Baptist Church which had a cemetery on its grounds. I was so excited and exclaimed I would take pictures of all the graves around the church. Of course, I did not, but I intend to on my return visit. I will be more prepared to do so, and might possibly index the cemetery as it is not very big, but will require a few hours to accomplish.
New Hope Missionary Baptist Church has the reputation as being the Oldest Black church in the State of Arkansas.
The Placard on the grounds stated:
Jim Kelley, a slave, organized this church in 1860. His owner allowed the use of this plot of ground on which to build a church. On May 15, 1873, Mr. & Mrs. William B. Street deeded the property to the trustees of the church. New Hope Missionary Baptist Church claims to be the oldest Black Church in the State of Arkansas.
The church is still in operation today. The address is:
New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
Commerce & St. Mary’s Streets
Lake Village, AR 71653