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The Cockburn’s house in Edgemont Hills 1937

The Cockburn's house in Edgemont Hills  1937

They built and owned it but they were not legally able to live in it. A Deed Covenant attached to all neighborhood properties stated that anyone with Negro Blood could only be there if they were employed as servants.

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February 21, 2013 · 9:37 pm

The Cockburns in Edgemont Hills: February 1937

The Cockburns in Edgemont Hills: February 1937

Joshua and Pauline Cockburn appeared in Life Magazine on February, 15th 1937. A brief article accompanying this photo and one of their new home explained their legal situation.

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February 21, 2013 · 9:32 pm

Joshua Cockburn: First Captain of The Black Star Line

Joshua Cockburn: First Captain of The Black Star Line

Captain Cockburn was a British Ship Master who had earned commendation from The British Navy during World War I in Africa. Before that he had piloted ships for The Elder Dempster Line which ran from Liverpool, England to West Africa.


February 21, 2013 · 9:11 pm

Reverend George French Kempsell Jr.

Reverend George French Kempsell Jr.

Reverend Kempsell holds a newly baptized infant in front of the hand painted mural of The Nicene Creed at The Episcopal Church of St.James the Less. This photo was taken during the early 1950’s.


July 1, 2012 · 8:05 pm