Lily Richmond, Beetown, Grant County, Wisconsin, 1946.
Born in Missouri in 1862, Richmond came to Wisconsin as a young child with her parents, who were freed slaves. Photograph by Helene Stratman-Thomas, who recorded Richmond singing African-American spirituals for the Wisconsin Folk Music Recording Project sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Library of Congress.
listen: Lily Richmond singing "One More River."
read more: "Pleasant Ridge: A refuge for former slaves," Wisconsin Historical Society. Pleasant Ridge, a village near present-day Beetown in southwest Wisconsin, was settled by freed slaves who came to Wisconsin beginning in 1848.
via: Wisconsin Folksong Collection, 1937-1946, Wisconsin Historical Society by way of University of Wisconsin Digital Collections