Say you’re a blacksmith and some of your customers just might be members of the Ku Klux Klan. It takes some guts to mark their horseshoes so you can look at the tracks after a raid and finger the riders. The way Brawley Gilmore tells it—or told it in 1937—John Good had the guts.
Good’s is one of thousands of stories you can find in first-person slave narratives like this one, collected by the Federal Writers’ Project in the 1930s.
You can learn how to look for the African American heroes in your family’s past at ancestry.com/africanamerican.