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The Martin Family: Early African-American History in Ames
February 24, 2021

The Martin Family: Early African-American History in Ames

  When Ames was established in 1864, many of its settlers arrived from the New England area, and according to famed Ames historian Farwell T. Brown, they were “abolitionists in sentiment.” However, very few individuals had personal contact with black individuals. Brown said, “there seems to be no record of any African-American families in Ames until well after 1900.”

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