On this day in history, FRI SEPT. 1968, Scranton was in debate over race. Fair housing legislations and introducing a Black History curriculum into the school district were hot topics.
The exhibit, entitled Game Changers: Pennsylvania Women who made history, showcases 32 Pennsylvania women who made a significant impact over the last century. One of those 32 women was a Black Scrantonian.
We encourage you to comment, and share this photo. We would like to identify these children, who are now many years into adulthood. Some of these folks may still reside in the Scranton area. For that reason we would love to a first hand reminiscence to this photograph.
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.
Jackson Merryweather (1847 - 1909)
Written & Published by Glynis M. Johns