The Family Poet: Mrs. Geraldine Wilson

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture holds the largest archival holding of information regarding the Flowers family, particularly letters between Rachel and her niece, Geraldine, and documents and artifacts Geraldine collected throughout her lifetime. This includes her academic writings, personal collection of newspapers, personal writing, and even her poetry collection. The next few […]

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Reintroducing the Flowers Family

If you are new to this blog, you might be wondering, Who are the Flowers?. Since 2012, I have been conducting research on this family’s history beginning with Rachel Helen Flowers, the first African American student to attend my alma mater. Uncovering her biography led to an even greater story of her family’s vast and […]

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My Grandfather: Dr. Rufus Graham

The Flowers’ research will resume soon. If you are searching for more of the Flowers post please view older post or the family’s website, flowersfamilyproject.wordpress.com. Another disclaimer, this blog post is way overdue. I initially finished last night; however, Windows Live Writer malfunctioned leaving me with a two day ago edit. Then I realized that […]

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It is All in the Name

So, you all know that my name is Christina. I was named after a fictional character in a novel my mom was reading while I was “baking in her oven”. I have no complaints about my name; it simply fits me. As with life, I have been called numerous nicknames. We have Chris, Christy, Tina, […]

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Letters From Rachel

As I was at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, one of my biggest “discoveries” were letters I found between Rachel and her niece, Geraldine. It was my older sister who actually came across these letters as she was constantly complaining about being stuck in an archive on a Saturday afternoon in Harlem. […]

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