Brilliant Wedding in Highly Colored Life

The Free Press
Cartersville, Georgia
August 2, 1883, page 3
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Married, at the council chamber, on Monday evening, by the Rev. Mr. Woods, Mr. Joseph Adams to Miss Sallie Milner, all of this county and –black.

Rome has just undergone a great social event in the upper tendon of the colored population, which was duly reported by the live newspapers of the town and now, here comes our own little Cartersville to the front with a wedding that lays out the Rome affair. For some time the bride in this affair has loved Joseph Adams with all the ardour she possessed, and yea, some say she loved him too well. Joseph wasn’t entranced with the ebony-hued damsel worth a cent, but managed to pay homage just the same. The relatives, not relishing Joseph’s tardiness in proposing, finally brought him to taw by swearing out a warrant for seduction, which was placed in the hands of Marshal Wilkerson for execution. Now, it was either to go to jail or marry on short notice with Joseph; so he accepted the latter of the two evils. Accordingly all parties were brought together at the council chamber, a colored minister of the gospel secured and the two hearts were made to beat as one. This affair created great surprise among the colored people, as the large attendance at the wedding attested….[article continues with a tongue in cheek description of some of the wedding “attendants.”]


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