Lena Barwick Hall

Oral History: BARWICK Sisters Reminisce About Their Rosie Lee!:)

Hannah & Lena BARWICKThis morning I woke with the goal of doing one thing — calling my Great Aunts Hannah BARWICK SLAUGHTER and Rev. Lena BARWICK HALL in Cincinnati! My Great Aunts are 92.5 and 91.5 years old respectively. They are the younger sisters, of Mom’s Father, William C. BARWICK.

I needed to alert my Aunts to the parcel that will show up at their doors soon. They needed the “story” of how I came into possession of a Rensler’s image, that I believe is their baby sister, Rosie Lee BARWICK.

I reached Aunt Lena first and what she shared allowed me to clearly see the real reason why Rosia Lee’s image flowed into my hands via an unwitting PhotoSmith from Cincinnati.

From Aunt Lena I learned their sister Rosie Lee (b. Jan 5 1929) was named after Aunt “Rosie” BARWICK (b. 1895) and Uncle Leroy “Lee” BARWICK (my Great Grandfather Raymond BARWICK’s siblings). That she was very sickly and died 1 day after her 11th birthday on January 6 1940 (confirmed by Ohio Death Certifcate). Although Rosie Lee’s cause of death was unknown, Aunt Lena told me the family always believed it was Tuberculosis. Aunt Lena said Rosie Lee’s personality was very much like their Aunt Rosie’s and that she was 18 years old, graduating from Woodward High School, when Rosie Lee passed.

Aunt Lena also shared that she thinks of Rosie Lee often and because there are no pictures of her, she can’t see Rosie […]

Rensler’s Photography Studio: Rev. Lena BARWICK HALL

Very encouraged after a polite email, folks at Black History Album contacted me, agreeing to take Aunt Lena’s Rensler image down from the Black History Album Tumblr! They asked if I’d ever consider featuring my family images for visibility to a broader audience and I explained, it’s not about visibility – it’s about restoring & preserving family.

I did suggest that Black History Album consider joining our Facebook African-American genealogy & Slave Ancestry research group and allow some of our researchers to assist in giving the MANY Ancestors that populate the BHA site their names and stories back!

Our Ancestors were more than eye-candy. They deserve more from us than a PIN, TWEET or POST.

LenaHallBarwickRev. Lena BARWICK HALL

{91.5 years young and going STRONG!}

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