Courant American News, October 31, 1889

 
The Courant American
Cartersville, Georgia
October 31, 1889, page 8
 
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Cass Station.

Mary Tompkins, a colored girl, only ten years old, is a good example of intelligence and industry for others of her sex and race to profit by. She is an orphan, and for the past year has made her home with the family of Rev. B. B. Quillian. Shortly after coming there she commenced piecing a quilt, and, unlike most children of her age, she persevered in her undertaking, and today she has a well-finished quilt—one that a grown person might be proud of. The needle work is done neatly, and would reflect credit on a person of skill and experience. She worked on it at odd times when she had finished her other work, and, what speaks more for her, she sewed every stitch in it herself. During the time she has also learned to spell and read well. In other ways she is a remarkable girl. How many girls, even among the whites, have the record of Mary Tompkins?

 

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