Little Negro Boy Begs for White Arm (1904)

After being hit by a train, five-year-old Albert Turner was taken to the Lackawanna Hospital for surgery. Due to the severity of the incident, the little Albert's arm was amputated. During his recovery  in the hospital the asked his doctor he could have a new arm-a white one. The little boy was offered the possibility of a prosthetic limb, but refused to accept unless the artificial arm was of a white complexion.


Glynis Johns is a 25-year-old native Scrantonian, Sociologist, Historian, and Professor. She is invested in creating, sharing, and remembering a historical narrative that accurately and holistically depicts Black life in Scranton, Pennsylvania.